NIPA and K1 join forces to train and equip youngsters facing challenges



CAYHILL, Sint Maarten — NIPA and K1 Britannia concluded on 28 November 2018, a collaborative training agreement to provide Tech-Voc training to a number of youngsters in our community, that have found themselves in hardship.

Ahead of the start of the official program, which is slated to begin in January 2019, the K1 Britannia team was given a tour of the NIPA campus, on Thursday, 29 November 2018. The K1 Britannia team which consisted of 15 members, were welcomed to the campus by the NIPA AVE Board and Management & Staff, along with MIC-IT representatives.

Thereafter, the K1 team was split up into several teams, where they each participated in a number of hands on activities, surrounding the programs that will be offered to the upcoming selected youngsters. This not only gave the K1 team an overview of what all is currently being offered at NIPA, but also first-hand feel and experience what the young upcoming participants will be doing in and out of the class room environment.

The K1 Britannia team became trainees for the day, wearing protective gear and they enjoyed the experience. They were simply overwhelmed by the experience as their expectations were exceeded.

The K1 team was guided and taught, by current students of the program, with their course instructors looking on. The students became instructors for the day, putting together their own program, teaching the K1 participants everything from mixing cement, to cutting timber, to making electrical connections, amongst others.

The K1 Britannia team at the end of the work session was treated to a lunch prepared by the students of the NIPA culinary department to end off their day of work, and debriefed.

The visit and experienced was teamed a success, and parties now anxiously await the start of the program.

It is NIPA’s mission to continue along the path of growing and building relations with our Industry partners, catering to the needs of our society from a Tech-Voc perspective. Together with our strategic alliance partner MIC-IT in Trinidad, NIPA will be looking at offering specialized trainings and short courses, as well as expanding its current list of programs offered.

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