... Bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties

Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS -

DWIGHT GRAY, a 24-year-old res­i­dent of Mon­tego Bay, St James, is one per­son whose life has been pos­i­tively af­fected by the Avas­ant Dig­i­tal Youth Em­ploy­ment Ini­tia­tive.

Gray, a fa­ther of two who worked oc­ca­sion­ally as a ven­dor over the past two years, dis­closed that he could hardly make ends meet and wanted to ex­plore bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties. Af­ter learn­ing about the ini­tia­tive, he signed up and was ac­cepted in June of this year.

“I didn’t know any­thing about the BPO in­dus­try in the be­gin­ning, but the train­ing was very in­for­ma­tive and hands-on. I learned a lot about what the in­dus­try ex­pects of you and what you need to do to make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion,” he said.

Af­ter he re­ceived his cer­tifi­cate for com­plet­ing the five-week course in Au­gust, the Avas­ant Foun­da­tion as­sisted him with pre­par­ing and send­ing out his ré­sumé to prospec­tive em­ploy­ees in the BPO sec­tor. He noted that within a mat­ter of days, he had his first in­ter­view.

“The in­ter­view went very well, and they ac­tu­ally asked me to start work­ing the very next day. All the things that I did dur­ing the train­ing with Avas­ant al­lowed me to make a very smooth tran­si­tion to the job, and I have been do­ing very well. This op­por­tu­nity has put me in a much bet­ter po­si­tion than I was be­fore and I am able to take care of my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” said Gray.

Chi­tra Ra­jesh­wari, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Avas­ant Foun­da­tion, stated that Gray is just one of the many “de­serv­ing” young per­sons who have taken full ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity pro­vided by the Avas­ant Dig­i­tal Youth Em­ploy­ment Ini­tia­tive.

Ra­jesh­wari also in­di­cated that the Avas­ant Foun­da­tion is look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pand­ing the ini­tia­tive to in­clude col­lege grad­u­ates and train­ing in ar­eas such as ro­bot­ics, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and the In­ter­net of Things.

“Our ul­ti­mate goal is to stay here and make this a very sus­tain­able process so that all these de­serv­ing youth have an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the train­ing pro­gramme and get em­ploy­ment in the BPO sec­tor.”

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Avas­ant Foun­da­tion Chi­tra Ra­jesh­wari (right) looks on as stu­dents in the Avas­ant Dig­i­tal Youth Em­ploy­ment Ini­tia­tive dis­cuss the pro­gramme. The project has con­sis­tently se­cured jobs for ap­prox­i­mately 95 per cent of its grad­u­ates.

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