The 2015 graduates of the Barrouallie Technical Institute.

Students of the Barrouallie Technical Institute have proven again that given the opportunity, persons can make good use of their second chances.

The technical and vocational training Institute is one of four in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that offers training in Caribbean Vocational Qualification Level One training in electrical installation, data operations, front office operations, food and beverage service and food preparation.

It operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and serves two sets of students.

The first set is fourth and fifth form students from the Central Leeward and Buccament Bay Secondary Schools, who are instructed in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) subjects.

The next set of students is the centre’s own enrolees, who attend the institute for one year and are made up mostly of persons who didn’t get the chance to complete secondary school, or completed but want to learn a skill.

After one year of instruction in Caribbean Vocational Qualification programme they are sent on attachment for one month.

Since last year, the institute has taken the instruction of its own students one step further to include subject offering in CSEC English and mathematics and English at CCSLC.

This is in keeping with its motto, “Training hands and minds, maximising potential”.

This year, of the 13 students who sat CSEC English, seven gained passes with Grade 2 and 3. They are Losann Stephens, Tashica Samuel, Carl James, Imran John, Jannel Labored Young, Kayanne Raime and Sydnrsha Rocque.

Eight students gained competences in CCSLC English. They are Cheryl Daize, Morrissa Cuffy, Keliah Francois, Shandel Gibson, Samuel Hazlewood, Kevin Patrick, Leon Pierre and Orande Richardson.

Losann Stephens, Morrissa Cuffy, Keliah François, Samuel Hazelwood, Alicia Samuel, Cindy Ann Stephen and Katisha Toussaint gained Master in CCSLC mathematics, while Tashica Samuel, Cheryl Daize, Shandel Gibson, and Leon Pierre were deemed competent.

“The principal and staff wish to extend heartiest congratulations to all our successful students. Thank you for choosing Bartech. We wish you all the best in the future,” the institute said in a statement.

“To our prospective students, registration is in progress and we urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn a skill and so make a difference in your life and by extension your community,” the statement said.