ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2011 – On-the-job training has begun for 85 young Grenadian who are planning careers in the field of health.

The group of youth took up official duties on yesterday under the Health-skills Apprenticeship program of the Government of Grenada. They have been placed in various departments of the health sector, including administration, hospital services, and community and environmental health services.
Speaking on their first day of work, some of the new employees expressed excitement and optimism that the program will make a positive impact in their lives.

For many, it’s an early Christmas and New Year gift, a dream come true and the start of a future career.

In preparation for their placement, the group of 85 was involved in orientation exercises that were conducted health officials and career development specialists from the public and private sectors.

The Health-skills Apprenticeship program was officially launched on November 22 by Health Minister Sen. Ann Peters. The ceremony also included addresses from Prime Minster Tillman Thomas, Youth Minister Patrick Simmons, and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Isaac Bhagwan.

All speakers, including the Prime Minister, appealed for excellence from program participants, and pledged government’s full support and continued commitment to healthcare improvement nationwide.

The program’s main objective is to train, develop and ensure there is a cadre of people who will satisfy the country’s future health needs.

The Ministries of Health, Youth and Education will be seeking scholarship opportunities – at home and abroad – for further professional development of the young people.


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