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Social Services Minister Urges Zonta Workforce Readiness Program Graduates to ‘Keep Stepping’

2R0A1238Bahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Thirty unemployed young women are empowered and equipped for the workforce after completing the Zonta Club’s 2017 Workforce Readiness Training Program.

The women graduated from the three-week program, Monday, July 24, during a special ceremony at Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), Old Trail Road. Five of them were awarded scholarships to further their education at BTVI.

The program, now in its fifth year, is a public/private initiative sponsored by The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute and the Zonta Club of New Providence whose mission is to focus on the upliftment and empowerment of women through service. It comprises a soft-skills component which includes character traits, interpersonal and communication skills, character traits, attitudes and career attributes.

2R0A1195The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, was the keynote speaker for the event. Among the officials attending the event were: the Hon. Shannondon Cartwright, MP for St. Barnabas; Claudine Farquharson, President, Zonta Club of New Providence and Robert Robertson, President, Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. Faculty, members of the Zonta Club and well-wishers also made up the audience.

Participants included Shantara Musgrove, 2017 graduate of the University of The Bahamas and Moniqua Rodgers, 2015 graduate and scholarship recipient.

Minister Rolle told the graduates that completing the Workforce Readiness Program is a step in the “right direction.” She said the most powerful decision they can made is the decision to make the “first-step” towards their goal if it is a personal goal, national plan or career path.

She remarked that the Government has emphasized its intention to strengthen public-private partnerships and collaboration with non-governmental organizations as a “key” component of the nation’s economic development.

2R0A1161“Such relationships also underscore our mandate to comply with ventures that reflect fiscal discipline and financial prudence. Today, this is a step in the right direction.

“To that end, the Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development seeks to ensure that those with the greatest need receive the greatest assistance. In carrying out our objectives, we aim to provide for a certain or specific period, a help-up through a help-out. I am happy to see that you have taken the time to invest in a category of individuals that requires our attention and that is our women – the homemakers, the entrepreneurs, the help mates, in some instances the breadwinners, and whose role has been likened to the ‘neck that turns the head,’ ’’ she said.

Minister Rolle congratulated the graduates for being “bold” and “brilliant” enough to take their “first step” and admonished Zonta, BTVI, the facilitators and the participants to “keep walking”.

2R0A1330Certificate course scholarship recipients are: Manouchka Bien-Aime, Lestia Clarke and Peaches Williamson.  Kristin Burrows received a scholarship for medical certificate course in Critical Care.  An Associate of Arts Degree scholarship was awarded to Tanya Joseph.

Story by: Kathryn Campbell (BIS)

Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.

Press Release: BIS

PHOTO CAPTIONS

Header:  Officials at BTVI and Zonta graduation programme.   From left to right:  Robert Robertson, President, BTVI; Raquel Bethel, Dean, BTVI;  the Hon. Shannondon Cartwright, MP for St. Barnabas; the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, the Minister of Social Services and Urban Development; and Claudine Farquharson, President, Zonta Club of New Providence.

1st insert- 2017 graduates render a musical selection.

2nd insert – The Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, addresses the graduation ceremony.

3rd insert – Shantara Musgrove, 2017 graduate of the University of The Bahamas gives a testimonial.

4th insert – Inderia Saunders, member of Zonta, presents the Associate of Arts Degree scholarship to Tanya Joseph.

 

 

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