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Youths commence training at Art of Food Services workshop

-not having a job is no excuse for getting into trouble - Deputy Premier Kedrick D. Pickering warned
The Art of Food Service workshop, the first of four workshops created by the Ministry of Education and Culture to provide training opportunities which will aid in the growth and development of the Territory’s youth. Photo: VINO
Not having a job is no excuse for getting into trouble, Deputy Premier Kedrick D. Pickering warned youths as the opening ceremony. Photo: VINO
Not having a job is no excuse for getting into trouble, Deputy Premier Kedrick D. Pickering warned youths as the opening ceremony. Photo: VINO
The other workshops that are lined up to be offered are the Face of the Organization, becoming an Effective Receptionist, Entrepreneurs – Building your own Business and introduction to Boating. Photo: VINO
The other workshops that are lined up to be offered are the Face of the Organization, becoming an Effective Receptionist, Entrepreneurs – Building your own Business and introduction to Boating. Photo: VINO
The workshop is being facilitated by Ms Malcia Smith-Hamilton of Intuitive Coaching Consulting and would see the youths being in a classroom setting today while they would venture out to the Peter's Island Resort and Spa for day two where they will get ‘hands on’ experience. Photo: VINO
The workshop is being facilitated by Ms Malcia Smith-Hamilton of Intuitive Coaching Consulting and would see the youths being in a classroom setting today while they would venture out to the Peter's Island Resort and Spa for day two where they will get ‘hands on’ experience. Photo: VINO
Today’s training commenced with sixteen (16) of twenty one (21) youths who registered for the programme. Photo: VINO
Today’s training commenced with sixteen (16) of twenty one (21) youths who registered for the programme. Photo: VINO
Today’s training commenced with sixteen (16) of twenty one (21) youths who registered for the programme. Photo: VINO
Today’s training commenced with sixteen (16) of twenty one (21) youths who registered for the programme. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – This morning (March 31, 2014) marked yet another step by the Department for Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture towards equipping youths of the Virgin Islands (VI) with skills to grasp opportunities in the job market.

The Art of Food Service workshop is the first of four workshops created by the Ministry of Education and Culture to provide training opportunities which will aid in the growth and development of the Territory’s youth. Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn challenged youths not be dependent wholly on petty contracts.

“There is a culture of dependence on petty contracts from the private sector and that should never be the only way you earn a living,” said Hon Walwyn adding that it is better to get up and go out to work every morning rather to sit down and wait for a petty contract every six months. “Nothing is wrong with doing hard work,” he noted.

To employers in the VI Hon Walwyn sent the message that the youths would not come as the perfect employee. “While we are working to help build up their confidence and skills to do well on the job, as employers it is also your corporate responsibility to further train new hires,” he stressed.

He said that the two-day Art of Food Services workshop is designed to give the participants training in the intangible aspects of food service. “Hospitality is a science; there are strict rules on servicing and hosting guests. Do not for one second think that anybody can walk into an establishment and know how to serve. I trust that this workshop would introduce you to the science of this vibrant industry so that you could find employment to advance your young lives…” Hon Walwyn said.

Present at the opening ceremony in support of the youths and the education and culture ministry was Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering who warned the youths that not having a job is no excuse for getting into trouble as he also urged them to take every advantage of the opportunity afforded them for training and opportunities at getting a job.

“A big mistake would be to stop trying to develop [yourself] or to get involved in negative activities while in pursuit of achieving your employment goals,” Dr the Hon. Pickering said.

Very firmly he also said, “Not having a job is no excuse for sitting at home all day and becoming involved in illicit activities, our forefathers faced many challenges, they had hard times but they persevered.”

The workshop is being facilitated by Ms Malcia Smith-Hamilton of Intuitive Coaching Consulting and would see the youths being in a classroom setting today while they would venture out to the Peter's Island Resort and Spa for day two where they will get ‘hands on’ experience.

Ms Smith-Hamilton in her brief opening remarks also alluded to the fact that the hospitality industry is the fastest growing in the world. She said that over the two days the youths would be exposed to training under the areas of customer service, personal appearance, personal hygiene, table setting among several others. 

The workshop seeks to expose young people to basic skills in the Tourism industry that will allow them to attain an entry level-position in a food service establishment.

The other workshops that are lined up to be offered are the Face of the Organization, becoming an Effective Receptionist, Entrepreneurs – Building your own Business and introduction to Boating.

Today’s training commenced with sixteen (16) of twenty one (21) youths who registered for the programme.

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