Minister of Technology Dr Edmund Mansoor highly commended the work of the Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) initiative at a graduation exercise on Tuesday.
The GATE Cadet training programme graduated 11 of the 500 people who completed an eight-month stint in the use of and application of technology.
They received hands-on training in the use of still and video cameras, computer graphic design, Skype conferencing, multimedia and MAC computers, among other technological areas.
“Today’s activity has once again placed us on the ICT world map and puts us as a cutting edge ICT leader in the region, and now other countries are interested. The programme has received regional and international notoriety and I am proud to say it is a success,” Dr Mansoor said.
The minister said the programme allowed the equipment and resources to be easily accessible outside of the traditional eight to five-hour day.
“They sometimes worked until 10 pm,” he said.
He added: “We are developing a model that will enable the cadets to develop their own business collectively or individually. I envisage that a strong business model can be embedded into the training that allows the cadets to obtain hands-on experience, preparing them for entrepreneurship.
OBSERVER media was informed that the programme received assistance from Digicel, friendly governments and the United Nations.
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