Pursuing internationally recognised qualifications can give young people the edge necessary to enter today’s job market. That was the message from the Minister of Youth Mark Scotland as he paid a recent visit to Superior Auto’s Training Centre in George Town to address a group of trainees.
The minister emphasised personal responsibility as a prerequisite to success.
“I am glad that you are taking advantage of this opportunity to become qualified,” Mr. Scotland said. “However, it is important that you know that the attitude you bring to the workplace is just as important and this is totally up to you.”
The technician’s course is an intensive 18-month programme started by Superior Auto’s Mark and Denise DeMercado to give students the opportunity to earn a qualification without having to leave the island.
Last September, the couple opened the Superior Auto’s Training Programme at their full-service garage.
Their formula for a small automotive trade school was simple: Provide free training – accredited by the Jamaican German Automotive School to interested youth.
Even though the course is offered free of charge, students walk away with an acknowledged qualification.
This level of instruction has already seen graduates placed by local firms.
“We focus on knowledge, skills and attitude. It is a great all-round course and while we train our students to become competent technicians, we hope to see them continue their studies to become managers or even business owners themselves,” said Levi Allen, volunteer coordinator and the programme’s quality assurance staffer.