St. Kitts and Nevis (Press Release) – The National Skills Training Programme (NSTP) hosted its 2021 graduation ceremony at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Ballroom on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, under the theme ‘Small Opportunities are the start of Great Careers and Great Enterprises.’
Forty-five graduates aged 17 to 69 received certificates of completion for successfully finishing programmes in Basic Electricity; Vehicle Maintenance; Upholstery; Cake and Pastry Making; Sewing; Small Appliance Repairs; Cosmetology; and Joinery/ Carpentry.
Director of the programme Mrs June James reported that the programme caters to individuals regardless of their age, socio-economic status, and cognitive abilities.
‘At National Skills, our mission is to create job opportunities through skills training and personal development. The programmes at national skills touch almost every citizen, all ages, all capabilities, and all status. Our programme touches everyone. We have persons from the secondary schools that access training at National Skills; we have persons from the New Horizon Rehabilitation Center; we have persons from the Ade’s Place… we have persons from the Cotton Thomas Secondary Comprehensive School, and our regular programme, our regular adults who we are here celebrating today,” said Mrs James.
Dr Tricia Esdaille, Senior Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Education, congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to continue their determination to succeed in their upcoming endeavours.
“You pushed through. You preserved, and you completed your training. That tells me something about each and every one of you and that you know how to work hard, and you know how to work through difficult situations. And I hope that you will take this same display of perseverance that you showed in completing your programme into whatever endeavours you choose to pursue in the future.”