As the end of the school year is approaching, the Pinelands Creative Workshop through its training division – the Marcus Garvey Resource & Development Centre (MGRDC) has offered over forty (40) students from seven (7) secondary schools – Frederick Smith Secondary School, Princess Margaret Secondary School, Queen’s College, Lester Vaughan Secondary School, St Michael’s School, Parkinson Memorial Secondary School, and Springer Memorial School – the opportunity to participate in the Career and Life Management (CALM) Program. The CALM Program is meant to provide students with the tools to assess their post-secondary options, whether that be vocational and/or educational. The training aims to provide a proactive approach to address the problem of unemployment among youth by providing students with the training and skills required to attain greater opportunities for upward social mobility. The program which is held at the UWI – Open Campus (School of Continuing Studies), The Pine, St. Michael runs from June 15th-26thJune, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm each day.
As the title suggests, the program focuses on “Career and Life Management” dealing with the tools necessary for an early career and personal development, including soft skills, communication, networking, critical thinking etc. The CALM Program has adopted pro-youth employment strategies which benefit everyone and sees the investment in youth as an investment in society.