... Better opportunities
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.