(GIS) — The Synergy Project was officially launched in June 2018 with the aim of providing the people of Castries Central with self-development and training programs and assistance in finding suitable and rewarding employment.
With the help of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, the project has been able to develop a technical careers programme where participants can learn auto mechanics, plumbing and general maintenance.
According to the Vice Principal of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, the program will improve their opportunity for employment.
“Entry into the program requires basic literacy and numeracy competencies,” SALCC Vice Principal, Merle St Clair-Auguste, said. “However there was no prior experience or qualification needed in the specialization chosen. The TCP content sought to strengthen basic numeracy and literacy content by providing more exposure to foundational Mathematics, English and Communication skills, and to provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills in their chosen areas of specialization. The program was expected to run for a period of 14 weeks with classes being conducted on Saturdays.”
Conceptualized by the Parliamentary Representative for Castries Central, Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun, the synergy project is tailored to the needs of the constituents. Hon. Flood Beaubrun is particularly grateful for the support from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.
“We’ve conceptualized 15 programs and the Technical Careers Program was not the first one, but it is the most advanced. It has to be because of the support of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Sir Arthur Lewis Community College has exemplified its true community spirit by the way it welcomed the idea,” Mrs. Beaubrun said.
The project manager Nadine Khodra Jn Baptiste was indeed proud of the bold steps that the graduates made towards their personal development.
“Today is a milestone which tells you how far you’ve come. Keep learning, keep trying, keep accomplishing and keep venturing on through the journey. Your accomplishment here is just a testament to the great things that you can accomplish.”
Andrew St. Romain one of the graduates shared his story.
“I’ve been a drug addict for 16 years, stealing and smoking cocaine. Today, I am a proud married man. I really want to thank the Hon. Minister, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this program.”