Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 26th 2016 Contents Education minister Anthony
Garcia has given top marks to
Metal-X Engineering for its
stand-out partnership with
YTEPP (Youth Training & Enter-
prise Partnership Programme)
which offers training and employ-
ment in structural fabricating to
The minister spoke in glowing
terms of the long-term benefits of
the Partnering for Progress training
initiative when he paid a famil-
iarisation visit to the Afif G Najjar
Welding and Fabricating Institute
at Biljah Road, Chaguanas on
"I am heartened to see young
adults embracing the opportunity
to gain trade skills under such
admirable conditions. You are not
only equipping yourselves with
tools for a trade but you are taking
your lives in a positive direction.
T&T is in dire shortage of skilled
welders and you will have no prob-
lem of getting gainful employment
when you complete your training,"
Garcia told the current cadre of
Noting that there were a lot of
challenges facing the education
system, the Education minister
said the Partnering for Progress
initiative between Metal-X and
YTEPP provided fertile ground for
young adults to acquire sorely-
needed trade skills, as well as pos-
itive life skills on their way to
becoming worthwhile citizens.
A release said Garcia lauded
Labib Najjar, Chairman, Metal-X
Engineering, and son of founder
Afif G Najjar, for his foresight in
establishing the skills training insti-
"The setting up of this training
institute and your partnership with
YTEPP demonstrates how the
public and private sectors can col-
laborate in a meaningful and sub-
stantial way to provide young peo-
ple with highly employable skills
and the pathway to a great future,"
Named after the founder of
Metal-X Engineering, the learning
centre was launched in 2012
through a partnership with the
YTEPP agency with students
undergoing a year-long training
programme in structural fabricating
at the company s modern training
facilities which conforms to the
highest industry standards set by
the American Institute of Steel
Labib Najjar thanked Minister
Garcia for taking time off from his
busy schedule to visit the institute
and explained why he named it
after his father.
"My father was a teacher in
Lebanon and here in Trinidad and
was always dedicated to teaching
and uplifting young people," he
Najjar gave the undertaking that
the initiative with YTEPP, which
started off as a three-year venture
and then expanded by a further
five years, would be continued by
Carolyn Gloudon, Director,
Youth Training, YTEPP, said the
partnership with Metal-X Engi-
neering was an excellent example
of how young people can earn ben-
efit by an initiative which offers
training in an exceptional worked-
"This is the model of collabo-
ration that YTEPP is proud to be
associated with," Gloudon added.
For current trainee Davanand
Khotar, 19, of Indian Walk, Moruga,
the programme gave him the gold-
en opportunity to upgrade himself
in his chosen trade.
"I intend to be an A-Class
welder and eventually open my
own fabricating business. I am
happy that the Minister has shown
such interest in our welfare," Khotar
Successful graduates have gained
employment at organisations such
as BP T&T and UWI, with several
being employed at Metal-X itself.
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Kids In Need of Direction (Kind) is a non-profit,
charitable organisation that has been providing
assistance to disadvantaged children since 1996
with education, nutrition, medical assistance, voca-
tional training, and emotional counselling.
Through its Sponsor a Child to Learn, Integrated
Literacy Development and Outreach programmes,
Kind has helped more than 6,000 children, giving
them the opportunity to acquire a sound education
while instilling in them a sense of self worth.
Gerard Yorke, through his organisation---Yorke Inc---
has been an avid sponsor of Kind s programme for
the past seven years. Thanks to Yorke Inc over this
period, Kind s martial arts students were able to
upgrade to higher ranks.
In 2013, Yorke Inc s sponsorship was specific to
Kind s Martial Arts Programme within the parameters
of transport and tournament assistance on a monthly
basis for ten students.
Kind extended "a heartfelt thank you" to Yorke
and his team for their ongoing support and hopes
that there will be a continued partnership in 2016
and beyond where further commitments have been
made. Fifteen students competed at Southern Clas-
sics---Best of The Best on September 27 last year at
SAPA South Trinidad. This was the final tournament
for 2015 and eight students made it to the top three.
They competed amongst various schools throughout
The next event---Classics of the 20th Century, will
be held tonight, at Pier 1, Chaguaramas, from 10 pm.
Minister hails Metal-X, YTEPP training partnership
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, third right, tries his hand at a workstation when he visited the Afif G
Najjar Welding and Training Institute. Labib Najjar, right, Metal-X Chairman, and Maurice Jones, left, acting
Chairman YTEPP, observe the minister's efforts.
Gerard Yorke, Executive Director of Yorke Inc, fourth
from left, presents a cheque of $10,000 to Kind
director Robert Tang Yuk as others look on.
"The setting up of this
training institute and your
partnership with YTEPP
demonstrates how the
public and private sectors
can collaborate in a
meaningful and substantial
way to provide young
people with highly
employable skills and the
pathway to a great future,"
Minister Garcia noted.
The eight successful students from the KIND Martial
Arts Programme who participated in last
September's Southern Classics---Best of The Best,
staged in South Trinidad.
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