Dr Roger Hosein
Senior economics lecturer at UWI, St Augustine, and co-ordinator of the Trade and Economic Development Unit
Republic Bank Limited (RBL) Managing Director Nigel Baptiste told the 39 graduates of the bank’s 2018 Youth Apprenticeship programme to use the competence they gained to change T&T’s social landscape.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony for the programme at Republic House, Park Street, Port-of-Spain, Baptiste said it takes a partnership approach to make T&T a better place.
The programme, now in its 32nd year, is open to secondary school graduates ages 16 to 19 years.
It provides them with training and marketable skills in business-related disciplines to increase their career options.
Baptiste urged the graduates to end the cycle of nepotism, cronyism and corruption which tears at the fabric of T&T’s national ethos.
He told them: “This programme bridges the gap between school and work. It provides an avenue for self-realisation, giving you the tools to prepare you for your next step into the world of adulthood.”
During the seven months of the programme the participants were attached to RBL branches or specialist units where they were exposed to training in office procedures, personal development, banking operations, customer service, computing and financial literacy.
They also delivered lectures at the El Dorado East Secondary School, Bishop Anstey High School East and Trinity College East on social issues such as HIV and Aids through the Youth Link care-a-van and attended a seminar on skills to establish their own businesses.
At the graduation ceremony, certificates of participation were handed out and awards presented to participants who excelled in various categories.
The Most Outstanding award went to Pierce Dabideen, Most Improved to Aaron Paul, Most Disciplined to Narreon Ramnarine and the Best Business Plan to Anton Dass.
Anna-Maria Garcia-Brooks, RBL’s General Manager, Group Human Resources, told the graduates: “Please do not allow failure to thwart your progress and your commitment.
“Learn and grow from the failures and the mistakes that you make.”
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