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  • Forty-two persons from Manchester have graduated from a special skills training course, through the Bauxite Community Development Programme (BCDP).
  • The programme, which is managed by the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), was initiated by the Government of Jamaica in 1996 to enhance the lives of persons residing in the mining belt areas.

Forty-two persons from Manchester have graduated from a special skills training course, through the Bauxite Community Development Programme (BCDP).
The programme, which is managed by the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), was initiated by the Government of Jamaica in 1996 to enhance the lives of persons residing in the mining belt areas.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, held at the Cecil Charlton Hall in Mandeville recently, the Programme Administrator, Dianne Gordon, noted that in 2001 approximately 116 trainees from Manchester participated in similar courses. “To date, some of the courses conducted under the programme include, home management, computer technology, home economics, welding, plumbing, cosmetology, electrical installation, tractor operation and drapery making,” she pointed out. Mrs. Gordon said that the first training course was conducted three years ago in Clarendon, and due to its success it was taken to Manchester.
“The overall aim of the BCDP is to establish long term sustainable development projects that will generate employment and income as well as improve the social and physical infrastructure of mining communities,” she said. Mrs. Gordon reiterated that skills training was necessary in order for Jamaica to become more competitive. “These courses will improve the technical skills of individuals, thus enhancing their readiness for employment and enabling them to enter the job market, either as self employed or as persons with the potential to be employed in other people’s businesses,” she said.