Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre Principal Magdalene Allister (left) poses with students Rawlston Williams III, Jaquan Wintz and Kamani Smith, as well as Guidance Counsellor Tarriesha Dawson (right). (Photo: Provided)

Five students from the Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre will try out different careers this year as part of the school’s Workforce Job Apprenticeship Programme.

Rawlston Williams III, Jaquan Wintz, Kimani Smith, Mya Donavon and Shamario Patrick will work alongside professionals to learn about their chosen fields, according to government.

“Inclusive education is at the forefront of our commitment to diversity and equality, and this initiative aligns seamlessly with our vision for an education system that empowers every student,” said Education, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sharie de Castro. “By championing apprenticeships for differently abled students, we are not only cultivating a more inclusive society but also recognising the unique talents and capabilities of every individual.”

The programme is for special education students ages 16 and above.

Business collab

Acting Chief Education Officer Orlandette Crabbe said she was pleased to see the learning centre and other schools collaborate with the business community.

“By forging strong partnerships, we will integrate real-life experiences into our educational framework, providing invaluable opportunities for all students,” she said. “This not only enhances the quality of education but also ensures that all students are well-prepared to transition seamlessly from school to the dynamic world of work.”

EHRLC Principal Magdalene Allister said the programme is designed to provide students with real-world experience that will help them succeed in future careers.

“By participating in the Workforce Job Apprenticeship Programme, students will develop a deeper understanding of the demands and expectations of the workforce, ensuring a smooth transition from education to employment,” she said.

‘Inclusive environment’

Afiya Smith, education officer with responsibility for special education, said the programme is in keeping with the ministry’s goals.

“The ministry continues to strive towards creating an inclusive environment for all students to thrive,” she said. “The apprenticeship programme has also been extended to students with unique needs at our public secondary schools. We would like to thank those businesses that have partnered with us thus far, and we invite others to join this initiative.”