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BTEC, BELTRAIDE Certifies 17 persons in The Basics of Caregiving


The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE , in partnership with the National Council on Ageing, has successfully completed its final Job Preparedness Training for 2019!

Today, seventeen persons have been certified in Basics of Caregiving after completing a 5-week training programme. The training covered First-aid and CPR facilitated by the Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT); the basics of elderly care; caring for persons with Dementia and Alzheimer’s and a host of other topics facilitated by Dr. Ajay Hochandani, Nurse Kelsey Dawson and Chandra Ake as well as a 2-week internship at the Sister Cecelia’s Home for the Elderly.

Beyond learning the technical skills necessary for work in the caregiving field, the first week of this training comprised of soft skills preparation in topics such as Work Ethic, Communication Skills, Time Management and Customer Service in addition to an overview of Belize’s Labour Laws facilitated by the Labour Department and Substance Abuse in the Workplace facilitated by the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC). The soft-skills and technical component of the training aimed to equip participants with the tools to become successful professionals in the caregiving field.

BELTRAIDE, through its technical unit, BTEC remains committed to developing a cadre of well-trained individuals who can successfully compete in the workforce.

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The Belize Training and Employment Centre completes Hospitality Trainings in Placencia


The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE, has successfully completed another round of Hospitality Trainings. This round was held in Placencia Village and focused on the areas of Waitstaff and Housekeeping and Janitorial Basics.

The three-week programme provided participants with the skills needed to prepare them for employment in the hospitality industry. The first week covered soft-skills such as professionalism, time-management, conflict management and communication skills while the second week focused on customer service excellence and service recovery. In the final week of training, participants were divided into their respective technical areas and were given practical assessments that emulated realistic workplace experiences.

To celebrate the accomplishments of the twenty-seven graduates, a certificate ceremony was held on March 21st 2019 at the Placencia Community Centre where fourteen participants were awarded certificates of completion in the Waitstaff Training and thirteen in the Housekeeping and Janitorial Basics Training.

BTEC ,and in extension, BELTRAIDE, remains committed to developing well-trained , marketable and self-sufficient individuals by providing industry specific and demand driven programmes that will sustain a quality workforce.

BELTRAIDE meets with representatives from The State of Qatar to discuss new avenues for investment in Belize


Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), represented by our Executive Director, Dr. Leroy Almendarez, met with Ms. Margaret Juan, Chargé d’affaires at the Embassy of Belize in El Salvador, Ms. Jenny G Iglesias Zablah and Sr. Tariq Othman Fakhroo, officials from The State of Qatar today to discuss the exploration of new investment avenues in Belize.

This meeting sought to identify key areas of business interest in Belize that would generate the most investment and also discussed the plan to have two investment missions between Belize and Qatar to propel this initiative.

BELTRAIDE continues to enhance Belize’s prosperity by fostering investor confidence, entrepreneurship,  business growth and innovation by enabling a dynamic and competitive business environment for Belize’s Socio-economic development.

BTEC successfully completes another round of Job Preparedness Trainings


The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), has successfully completed its Waitstaff, Housekeeping and Bartending Trainings which provided participants with  the necessary skills to equip them for employment in the hospitality industry.

These three-week trainings, which ran from October 29th– November 16th,  were held simultaneously and covered soft skills, customer service as well as industry specific technical skills where trainees were taught the essentials of perfecting their trade. The Waitstaff training was facilitated completely by BTEC’s staff while the Housekeeping and Bartending Trainings were executed in partnership with Happy Maids Cleaning Service and the Belize Bartender’s Association (BBA) respectively.

To celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the forty-four successful participants, the Belize Training and Employment Centre held a certificate ceremony on November 21st 2018.

 

BTEC, and in extension, BELTRAIDE, continues to remain at the forefront of the dynamic market demands while fulfilling its purpose to reduce the barriers to gainful employment and remain committed to developing  and sustaining Belize’s quality workforce.

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