The Passport2Success programme graduated 18 mothers on Monday, 29 April, in a commencement ceremony at the Wharf Restaurant.
This was the 10th cohort to graduate from the programme, which seeks to empower young people who may have slipped through the cracks.
As part of the programme, participants apprenticed or shadowed various employees from participating businesses.
During the 12-week period, they are exposed to job experiences, including punctuality, dress, speaking properly and general professional etiquette.
Organisers of the programme said it is not enough to assume that everyone is exposed to the basic skills necessary for being able to exist in a working environment or the requisite social skills to assimilate in life.
Of the 18 mothers who graduated on 29 April, six have been taken on for full-time employment.
“That is one third of this particular cohort and we know the programme continues to produce results,” said Education Minister Rolston Anglin.
Passport2Success has also garnered the attention of the United Nations Educational Scientific Organization for its strides in affecting the life chances and success rates of adolescences in danger of falling through the cracks.
The programmes boast a 65 per cent employment rate, while 30 per cent of the group’s participants from the start of the programme have been attending school to further their education. Of those who are employed, mostly all have been employed with the same employer for the past 12 months.
“The ministry is proud of all who complete the programme and we find that many of our participants do not want the undertaking to end. It is important for us to stay engaged in their lives and give them the support they will need for life after Passport2Success,” noted Education Ministry Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues.