Cadets Complete GATE Training

Cadets Complete GATE TrainingAntigua St. John's - Thirteen young Antiguans are equipped to become entrepreneurs after completing training through the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) ICT programme.

At a ceremony at GATE headquarters yesterday, Minister of Telecommunications Dr Edmond Mansoor lauded the young people for their commitment and presented them with certificates of completion.

These cadets, the first to successfully complete the programme, went through a seven-month stint where they received hands-on training in three distinct blocks.

One of the areas was New Media, which includes video filming and editing, web journalism, graphic design, photography, and social media management.

They also underwent intensive training in computer repair and upgrades, computer diagnostics, preventive maintenance, and software installation.

In addition, they gained work experience by maintaining various community projects and programmes that the Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology had established.

Dr Mansoor was pleased with their work and commitment.

He said, “I am confident that all the cadets understand the concept of business. Let your creativity unfold. The world is at your fingertips and we are looking forward to seeing your work.”

Dr Mansoor added that the government will continue to assist the cadets by offering financing and equipment for rent so that they can start their businesses, whether alone or together.

During the ceremony, Professor Janice Levy of ITHACA College in New York, who travelled to Antigua in January to lead two photography workshops, joined via Skype. The workshop focussed on technical and critical photographic skills.

Levy expressed her pleasure in working with the cadets, and said she is looking forward to returning to the twin-island state to continue her work with other candidates.

She complimented Dr Mansoor and the government for making financing and equipment available.

“We carry out similar programmes here (New York) but we are unable to provide them with funds and equipment,” Levy noted. "You are doing a commendable job, and I know that the cadets will benefit from that type of initiative.”

The cadets also completed an intensive graphic design workshop with local designer Torrez Joseph of See Life Studio.

Joseph said the course has stimulated the creativity and imagination of the students, with many of them unearthing hidden talents and a natural aptitude for the field.

Ashton Fearon is the technical research officer and project administrator in the Telecommunications Division responsible for the cadets’ training.

“I wish to personally state how proud I am of this group for utilizing their time here at GATE with purpose to achieve their goals, and to become better individuals being able to meaningfully contribute to society,” he said.

Fearon added, “We recognise the shortage of skills across the Caribbean in professionally certified computer networking professionals. This is confirmed by a report sponsored by Cisco published in January 2013 where the total networking skills gap in Latin America was estimated at approximately 207,000 skilled people. The demand for skilled persons with essential and emerging networking technology skills is estimated at approximately 650,000. And this demand continues to increase."

The GATE programme is expected to expand to turn out 500 cadets per year.

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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Like a steamroller

#3 JP Farnsworth » 2014-04-24 16:34

Dr. Mansoor keeps on rolling along and over anything that gets in his way to accomplish good things for young Antiguans.
Too bad they can't vote or he would be elected by a landslide.

JP Farnsworth

Congratulations Hillisha

#2 Keva » 2014-04-16 17:15

Good job Antigua/Barbuda.
Congratulations to Hillisha Humphreys...GATE Cadet.
I hope you were given a special award and will receive employment soonest if not...you will have your own business.
You have gone way beyond the call of duty and have shown professionalism and the know how throughout the entire course.
Blessings girl.


RE: Cadets Complete GATE Training

#1 TRUTH » 2014-04-16 08:20

Very Good Job Antigua and Barbuda


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