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On January 19th 2015 the Belize Training and Employment Center (BTEC) embarked on its three week Job Readiness program in Belmopan. A total of 65 interested participants took the pre-assessments in English and Computer of which 35 qualified to start the training program. The soft skills portion of the training took place at the NEMO training room and the technical training took part at CITO’s training room. The Belmopan participants were truly a vibrant, outspoken and dedicated group. At the end of the intense three week program, the 35 participants sat in front of a panel of different call center managers to both test their knowledge learnt as well as to market themselves in hopes of acquiring a job. A competition of sorts occurred since managers saw talent in individuals and quickly marketed themselves as the better employers. After the interview, the graduation took place at the George Price Center. The keynote remarks were done by Mayor Simeon Lopez, in which he made practical and comic connections to the material that was trained and their value in the working world. The top graduate, Karima Dennison, also highlighted the importance of what was trained and the invaluable nature of the skills she had learnt. As this week winds down we will contact the participants to see if they have been contacted for second interviews or better yet, if they have been employed!

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