Basseterre: St. Kitts, March 26, 2021: The faculty of the Advanced Vocational Education Centre (AVEC) hosted a Professional Development Day Training session for second year students within on Wednesday April 21 at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Conference Room under the theme The Only Way to do Great Work is to Love What You Do.
Participants included students from the various areas of study offered at AVEC such as General Construction, Motor Vehicle Repairs, Welding/Metal Fabrication, Electricity/ Electronics, Commercial Food Preparation, Data Operation, General Office Administration and Cosmetology.
School Counsellor and organiser of the session Ms. Tracy Wattley expressed that the professional development day session is a culminating activity for the trainees who have been participating in employability skills classes in preparation for their upcoming internships.
“The professional development day, comes after some sessions in employability skills, where they [students] take classes on different employability skills that are needed when they [students] go out into the world of work. Today is the culmination of all those sessions,” she said.
Director of AVEC Mr Winslow Brookes explained that the purpose of the session is to provide those students with the required knowledge to enhance themselves in the work place as they embarked on the next phase of their training.
“We intend to equip the trainees with the knowledge, the concepts, skills experiences, attitudes, personal and social competencies; all that are required for success in life,” he said.
Mr. Brookes further urged the trainees to make the most of the work life experience. He said,
“See it [internship] as an opportunity to enhance your knowledge, to be a better person in the execution of your duties and also to get to know people-to network. Build a rapport with the workforce. I want you to see this work readiness professional day as a stepping stone towards success.”