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Twelve persons in Hanover, who successfully completed the inaugural course in gardening techniques conducted by the HEART Trust/NTA and the Hanover Office of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), were yesterday (June 13) presented with the National Council on Technical Vocational Education and Training’s (NCTVET) level one certification.
The presentation of the certificates was made at the graduation ceremony for the course held at the Lucea Anglican Church Hall in the parish.
The 12 graduates, which comprised nine men and three women, have been in training for approximately six weeks, undergoing instructions in areas such as employability skills; gardening techniques; tool and equipment handling and maintenance; general crop care; pest and pesticide management; irrigation techniques; fertilizer application; plant propagation and pets and pet care.
The course is a collaboration between the Hanover office of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the HEART Trust, through its Kenilworth Academy.
Hanover RADA Parish Manager, Bernard Goffe, said that the course came about because of the numerous requests to his office for qualified gardeners. He said that with the developments taking place in the tourism sector, there will be high demand for such skills.
Mr. Goffe said he was appreciative that the HEART Trust/NTA was willing to collaborate with RADA in implementing the course, with a view to establishing the curriculum, standards and to make the course certifiable.
Zonal Director for RADA, Trevor Martin, expressed pleasure that women were among the graduating class. He told the graduates that in completing the course, they have exhibited a willingness to transform their lives and urged them to always be disciplined and approach every task with zeal.
President of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, Theo Chambers, encouraged the graduates to be creative in marketing their new skills, while Member of Parliament for Eastern Hanover, Barrington Gray, urged them to always be willing to give back to their communities.