Grenlec has pumped a sizeable amount of money into ensuring that twenty-six young people from the sister isles upgrade their passion to be professionally involved in the marine sector, as they are now completing the first of a two-week marine training workshop in Trinidad and Tobago.
The group, which includes two females, departed the sister isles on Sunday for the Twin Island Republic where they are being trained in various aspects of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), safety methods. Upon completion, the participants would be armed with the necessary prerequisite to satisfy the requirements for employment aboard a ship.
Speaking at last Friday’s send off, Manager of the Carriacou and Petite Martinique branch of Grenlec, Wallace Collins, said the company is funding the program in the excess of $83,000.00. The opportunity afforded to the participants comes through the Grenlec Community Partnership Initiative Program.
“We believe that investing in our human resource is an investment in the nation”, said Collins who handed out the cheques to the group.
He admonished the recipients to embrace the program with both arms and to grasp as much knowledge as possible during the training.
“We don’t want any complaints, no problem. You all are ambassadors and be of the best”.
The cost of the program is being fully covered by the company in terms of airfare, accommodation, tuition, stipends etc.
“It is nice that you all can embrace this program with both arms”, said Collins.
Participants in the program, Mr. Collins said have come from every community of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
While applauding the participants for accepting the opportunity to improve themselves, both Senator Nalon Cox and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Bernadette Lendore Sylvester, reminded the young men and women of the need to remain focused and committed to the task for which they are in Trinidad and Tobago.
Sebastien Steill is with the team as the liaison officer.