The Williamsfield Skills Training Centre (WSTC), in Manchester, will be offering training in Information Technology (IT), to persons in and around the community, beginning on January 18.
Speaking at a community meeting last week, organised by the Williamsfield Community Development Committee and the Social Development Commission (SDC), in partnership with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Director of the WSTC, Dr. Auma Folkes, said that although they are starting with computer training, the Centre aims to equip persons with business and other skills that can help them create their own employment.
“Its mission is to rescue the unskilled and guide them into productive source of training, and also prepare them for local and international employment. Its vision is to have every trainee achieve his or her God given potential and purpose. The Skills Training Centre is to operate a HEART Trust/NTA certified community based training organisation to equip batches of trainees with skills that can help them secure gainful employment,” Dr. Folkes said.
Field Supervisor with the SDC, Owen Osbourne, encouraged the young women in the community to use the opportunity presented by the WSTC to be employable, adding that the male population must seize the moment and build their skills base.
“This is an opportunity that the people in Williamsfield and the surrounding communities should really embrace with both hands. They need to empower themselves, they need also to be able to generate an income, so that they can take care of themselves and their loved ones,” he told the gathering.
Meanwhile, President of the Hope Village Youth Club, near Williamsfield, Melissa Matthie, told JIS News that the centre would help to secure the future of many individuals in the community. “This is another avenue to provide training and to promote entrepreneurship. So, I definitely endorse it and will introduce it to my youth club members,” she said.
The community meeting was sponsored by the Universal Access Fund.