Teenagers begin K1 training programme

Teenagers taking part in the pre-phase of the K1 Britannia Work, Training and Social Development Programme.

 PHILIPSBURG–Sixteen foster teenagers under probationary measures have officially begun their pre-phase of the K1 Britannia Work, Training and Social Development Programme.   This training session has been several months in the making, with assistance from a variety of sectors in St. Maarten. The sessions began on Tuesday, according to K1 Britannia Foundation.

  The first phase of the programme is meant to better prepare participants for the work placements, volunteer placements and training starting in the last week of November. The trainer for the first pre-employment workshop covered topics such as interview skills and résumé building. Adelena Schaap-Chandler of the Women’s Island Network (WIN) said, “It was an honour to be a part of this wonderful programme that will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the future of the participants.”

  The three-hour session gave teenagers valuable content with regard to the do’s and don’ts of interviewing, including confidence, appearance, etc. One of the participants noted that they now understood the importance of how you present yourself on social media. “You have to be careful what you post on social media before and while in the workforce,” the participant said.

  K1 Programme Manager Tony Dunkerley said participants were extremely lucky to have Schaap, who had delivered a fantastic workshop. A participant added that Schaap had made her rethink life and how to apply the areas covered in the training to her life.

  “The K1 Britannia Foundation looks forward to having the instructor back again in a couple of weeks to deliver the second pre-employment workshop on motivation and work ethics session,” he said.

  The K1 Britannia Work, Training and Social Development Programme is a six-month programme that will provide 11 foster teenagers and five teenagers under probationary measures ages 16-18 with work placements, educational and practical training courses, “work-ready” workshops and volunteer placements with social organisations with the aim to improve their employability once they leave the foster care system at age 18.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/61698-teenagers-begin-k1-training-programme