Jamaica News: Forty-seven students from the first cohort of the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment’s (HOPE) Design and Apparel Manufacturing Corps group have graduated with Garment Assembler Level 1 Certificates from the HEART Trust/NTA Garmex Academy.
The graduation ceremony was hosted on the grounds of HEART Trust/NTA Garmex Academy in Kingston on Wednesday (August 22), where they were each awarded with certificates.
These graduates spent the last 14 months in training at the HEART Trust/NTA Garmex Academy on Marcus Garvey Drive, in Kingston, and are now fully certified as Garment Assemblers. They were trained based on three focus areas: Personal Development/Core Skills, Technical Skills Training, and Apparel Design and Manufacturing/Production.
National Coordinator, HOPE, Colonel Martin Rickman, congratulated the students on their accomplishments and encouraged them to either start their own businesses with the skills they have learnt or seek employment, if they are not already employed.
“Make sure as you go out there in the world of work or [if] you are starting your own business…that you have the right attitude. It’s all about your attitude,” Colonel Rickman said.
“Go out there and be role models. Show people how they also can be successful in life. This is the stepping stone for your future… If all of you have your own personal success, it will contribute to the success of Jamaica as a whole,” he added.
Colonel Rickman said this inaugural training phase of the HOPE programme was also a learning process for the administrators, as they took records of how the students reacted and benefited, which will be revised for future training programmes.
“You, the first participants, have helped us to define how we move this corps and how we help other persons in the future,” he said.
Source: JIS News