Mayaro ‘Brighter Prospects’ urged to create jobs

Making reference to the present economic climate, Primus told the graduates that whenever a person keeps a job, some other person also loses a job. “In the economy of the future, everywhere you go, people are creating jobs. The only safe job is when you are your boss. Make that degree work for you. You should decide what you are going to do with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented to you by bpTT.

Beyond gaining employment, think about being an employer,” Primus challenged the graduates.

The degree they obtained, he advised, was just the preliminary tool in shaping the real person they could become. He also appealed to them to make a real difference in their communities.

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Voicing the gratitude of his peers was valedictorian, Dinesh Boodoo, who graduated from The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“The youths of Mayaro and environs have a distinctive advantage over others with respect to access to higher education through this Brighter Prospects programme.

Therefore, we should not waste this opportunity given to us.

What bpTT is doing through this initiative is building a stronger community through education.

It is a fact that this ‘little fishing village’ of Mayaro is well equipped with brain-power. We have qualified teachers, doctors, engineers and other professionals who have beneffited through this programme. Many of us may not have reached this far without this far-sighted programme.” Open to residents of Mayaro and environs, Brighter Prospects is one of bpTT’s flagship programmes in its policy of investing in human capital development. Started in 2003, the initiative provides financial assistance to students who gain access to tertiary education at approved institutions. The programme has fostered over 185 successful graduates since its inception Inspiring the graduates to even greater achievement was Dr. Jared Brewster, himself a graduate of the Brighter Prospects programme and is a surgeon at the Sangre Grande Hospital. “You graduates are no less the local heroes. Against the odds you have acquitted yourselves with excellence.

BPTT has flexed its corporate muscles to break barriers and create opportunities to make it less daunting for you to achieve your educational goals. I urge you to be lifelong learners. I challenge you to be conscientious citizens as you embark on this most important journey that awaits you,” Dr. Brewster exhorted the graduates.

Earlier, Matthew Pierre, Community Liaison Officer, bpTT, said that the Brighter Prospects scholarship programme, which focussed at the beginning on energy-sector disciplines, had broadened over the years to cover a wide range of tertiary education studies, such as medicine (with at least four doctors already qualified), IT and computer studies, and social sciences.

The programme covers disciplines from several tertiary institutions, such as the University of the West Indies, the University of Trinidad and Tobago, Metal Industries Company, the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute.

Source: Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,244960.html

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