Public Works Minister Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, attended the latest Skills Development Programme graduation earlier today at the Arboretum.

The Skills Development Programme is held twice a year for a duration of five months each.

Now in its fourth year, the training initiative was created to embrace young people who are interested in learning about horticulture and landscaping.

The programme has provided a sense of structure and support for the young people involved and has offered the participants an avenue towards a real and tangible career choice.

Following their training, the participants go on to find part and full time employment with local employers.

This year’s graduates included Charles Ebbin, Matthew Gilbert, Kacy Greene Gladwin Johnston, Shalae Johnston, Leric Lightbourn, Ricardo Tucker and Troy Watson. Special recognition of participation goes to Eric O’Conner, Oliver Kennedy and Christoper Trott.

Photos Courtesy of DCI include: Minister Burch, the graduates of the Skills Development Programme and Parks Department’s Roger Parris and at the Botanical Gardens.