The third cohort of the Support for Education and Training (SET), Programme, 2017 Awards ceremony, was held on Friday 2nd June at the Methodist Church Hall. The ceremony also featured the introduction of the fourth cohort.
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, delivered the feature address and urged cohorts three and four to identify their strengths and weaknesses; capitalise on the possibilities, while reducing their limitations. The Prime Minister emphasised the importance of using circumstances as a tool to advancement.
In highlighting the strides made in the education revolution, Prime Minister Gonsalves pointed out developments in the health sector - where first world health care from birth to age 17 is offered free of charge, with significant contribution made by the World Pediatric Project.
Cabinet Secretary, Ms. Kattian Barnwell, in providing statistics on the Programme indicated that the SET program began in March 2014 and since then it has, in excess of 600 persons up to the current cohort, which has a total of 140 young persens. Ms. Barnwell disclosed that an effective and efficient support system is necessary to aid participant’s growth and development, and is fundamental to the Programme’s success.
The Programme is geared at providing a platform for recent graduates of recognised universities and the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, for relevant work experience within the public sector and affiliated agencies. The Programme, which lasts for one year, also sets the stage for future employment.
The program is funded by Petro Caribe, and Prime Minister Gonsalves, in his remarks, also thanked the Venezuelan government for their support, especially during this period.