Thirty-seven persons comprising of 15 police officers and 22 civilians are currently undergoing Technical Vocational and Educational Training (TVET) as means of having a skill placed on their resume.
This initiative is one of the National Training Agency (NTA) and is taking place at the Special Services Unit (SSU) compound at Point Salines.
One of the aims of the 5-day course is to provide participants the opportunity to become more effective and efficient in carrying out their duties on the job.
Quality Assurance Coordinator at NTA, Frances Ruffin assured the participants that the training course should not be seen as belittling their qualifications.
“We are not saying that you are not qualified in your area, you have certificates in your area saying these are your certificates, that’s fine but we just want to introduce you to competency based education and training”, she told participants.
“…I hope that it would be worthwhile for you because as you know all over the world people (are) talking about the importance of skills training along with whatever academics we have…”, he added.
According to Ruffin, the fact of the matter is that, “the people with the skills, they rule the world – everything that we use is made by somebody who have a skill”.
In addressing the participants at the opening, Sergeant Adrian Peters recognized the work that the NTA is doing and expressed the hope that the SSU training school will become an NTA centre.
“We know that the NTA is doing a lot for the police and I now realise that they’re doing a lot for other people as well and they have offered to do a lot more. We will be able to go through the totality of their training and making us capable in delivering progammes on their behalf and we trust to have this centre qualified as a National Training Agency centre,” said Sgt Peters.
He told the participants that although they are already qualified in their fields yet still training could never be enough.
Inspector Dexter Richards implored upon the participants to make good use of the training they are receiving because a lot of time and money is being put into it.
“When it doesn’t come from our pockets, sometimes it is trivialized – well they just tell me come, so I come but the benefit for which these monies are spent are never really realized and if we are going to be trained to train other people and to qualify other people, then we first must be transformed in our minds and in our attitudes and I am trusting that the training will help us do that.
“I believe it is one thing to give people information but it’s another thing to apply that information … how to …influence persons to not only gravitate to that information but how (to get them) to make that a practice in everyday life because if these things do not happen then we cannot go anywhere.
“…So we’ll have a lot of (people) with degrees but they become like portraits, they’re just hanging on a wall. The essence for training and the reason for these training are never really realized. I am trusting that from (hereon) that is something we can look at – how do I take this training and make it relevant (for) me and the person whom I would influence.