Technical School in Cayo holds open day Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The Center of Employment Training in the Cayo District held an event on Thursday. Such an open day for the San Ignacio-based technical school has been set to give an opportunity for students to display their skills.

For the open day, students from the hospitality, electrical, automotive and other departments were on standby offering the public useful information. We visited the automotive section and noted that it is very spacious and well-equipped.

While CET Cayo is given a subvention by Government to pay teachers’ salaries, its board of directors have found ways to raise funds to boost its many programs. CET Cayo has recently added a furniture-making class as well as partnering with Solar Energy Systems in Teakettle with a sustainable energy course. Just a few years ago, the school had 80 students, but with the right structure in place, it currently has 200 full-time students. At times, that goes up to 400 with part-time students.

It all has to do with staying relevant to the needs of society and CET Cayo is being challenged to do just that.

“At the end of the day if you take time and you invest in education what type of education will yield you the biggest returns? If we note statistics you all notice that people just doing some academic education, you know your high school, your sixth form when they come out they don’t really have jobs, the job markets are saturated,” explains Edilto Romero, Manager  of CET Cayo.

“We have to face reality, but the thing with CET is that technical training, skills training, trades training right there is a great opportunity, a lot of potential and especially since tourism is big in Belize not only in the Cayo District, but San Pedro, and Placencia; the end of the day the opportunities are there for employment and if you don’t want to work for somebody, self sufficiency is the answer”, he added.

CET San Ignacio has a special relationship with the Saint Ignatius High School in Santa Elena and both institutions work hard to maintain students’ technical know-how up to date.