Government opens ICT Cadet Training Facility

PM Spencer at the ICT Cadet Training FacilityAntigua St. John's - The Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology on Thursday officially opened an ICT Cadet Training facility, which will be used to train hundreds of Antiguans and Barbudans in ICT’s and New Media techniques.

The ICT Cadet programme, which is one component of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) project, is a collaborative ICT initiative between the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and Telecommunications Company Digicel.

Speaking during the launch ceremony, Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Baldwin Spencer noted in tandem with the granting of scholarships, the UPP administration recognizes that there is also the need for synergy between education and technology.

 “With the advance of technology and our thrust in education, we are preparing our nation and our people for the future, and for us not to be left behind as a nation…This initiative is like no other seen in this sub-region, in fact I would go as far as to say, this is the first of its kind in this hemisphere.”  The Prime Minister Spencer said.

The ICT Cadet programme, is an exciting opportunity for young people interested in working in information technology related fields, to acquire technical skills, as well as gain valuable workplace experience.

The nations leader pointed out ICT’s have the potential to be the cornerstone of our nations thrust towards private sector investment, facilitate the growth of small businesses and to increase employment.

The Prime Minister also announced that next month every student and lecturer at the Antigua State College will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and 4G LTE connectivity.

As part of the GATE initiative Samsung Galaxy tablets and 4 G LTE connectivity have been allocated to secondary school students in Antigua and Barbuda to assist with their schooling.

According to officials at the Ministry of Education as a result there has been a 75 per cent increase in timely submissions of School Based Assessments S-B-A’s this year.

The Prime Minister also commended Digicel for partnering with the Government on the trendsetting program and for the company’s commitment to the people of Antigua and Barbuda.

Minister of Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr Hon. Edmond Mansoor said the GATE program took thirteen months of negotiation with Digicel who invested in excess of US fifteen million dollars putting in brand new cutting edge technology. 

The project which was launched in June 2012 will focus on improving Antigua’s broadband internet connectivity, along with a focus on stimulating growth in innovation, entrepreneurship, job creation and sustainability.

Dr Mansoor noted, already GATE has attracted regional and international attention with countries such as St Vincent, Barbados and Papua New Guinea studying the programming.

So far two other components of GATE have been launched the E-education computer and E-education connectivity component and the 4 G LTE connectivity for Government component.

“The third component of GATE is about impacting on the lives of ordinary people.” Dr. Mansoor said.

“This government has been very busy, very obsessive about giving young people an opportunity to go abroad to study, to get better skill sets. The ICT cadet program is very revolutionary in concept…. We are setting up a facility to help young Antiguans and Barbudans to be competitive.”

Dr Mansoor added in the coming weeks the ministry will launch at the GATE facility a full program in mobile app development.

Business Solutions Manager at Digicel Clement Samuel said Digicel stepped up to the plate to be the first telecommunications company to bring 4G LTE technology to Antigua following a challenge by Dr Mansoor  for the Telecommunications companies in Antigua to bring the cutting edge technology to the country.

“Thanks to Digicel, Antigua and Barbuda is one of the first country in the world, and certainly one of the first country in the English speaking Caribbean, to experience the amazing power of 4G LTE.” Samuel said.

Suitable cadets will get hands-on training in the New Media Unit, in areas that will cover video filming, video editing, web journalism, graphic design, photography, social media management and new media techniques, including development of websites and web marketing.

They will also work on the mobile IT buses and assist in maintaining these networks. Additionally, ICT Cadets will undergo intensive hands on training in computer repair and upgrades, computer diagnostics, preventive maintenance, software installation and diagnostics, and cell phone repairs.

Cadets will get work experience in maintaining various community projects and programs that the Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology established. The cadets will be expected to master the operating systems of various ICT devices, inventory control, data entry, assist in the roll out of new projects, and provide administrative support to existing and new community projects.

Through GATE, ICT Cadets will work in the Community Computer Access Centres and ensure that they remain open Mondays through Fridays until 9 pm to service the 32 communities where they are located.

For more information on GATE check www.gateantigua.com or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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A good thing

#2 JP Farnsworth » 2013-09-03 08:48

Looks like the government did a good thing here, lets all breath it in while we can. :-)

JP Farnsworth

@ Baldwin!

#1 Meigo Man » 2013-08-30 09:45

Go back to sleep! You look tired!

Meigo Man

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