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Screen_Shot_2014-09-01_at_8.33.52_PMSchools countrywide opened their doors to their campuses for the new academic year and in the North it was no different, except to say that the Technical Vocational school known to us at ITVET, Institute for Technical Vocational and Education Training, got off on a high note with a slightly different spin to its first day of school. Chairperson for the events committee at ITVET Orange Walk, Josette Espadas, says the schools training cycle got off on the right foot.

Josette Espadas – Chairperson, ITVET, OW

“We had different speeches from people of the industry, past trainee, our manger and an address coming from the board and it was just to encourage the trainees to do their best during their training cycle an as well thanking the parents for having ITVET’s in general as their choice for the continuing education of their sons and daughters.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter

“Now what was the feedback from the reception?”

Josette Espadas – Chairperson, ITVET, OW

“We had very good feedback from the parents, we have very supporting parents I must say, we know that some of them are working and they took time out to be here today aside from having our ceremony they took a small tour of our campus where they can actually see where the trainees will be involve in their day to day activity, in their classrooms, in their workshops, in their labs so the response was very good from trainees and parents.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“Now we see that the vocational training is rapidly becoming something that people both way it been sought, Mr Gomez mention that the student population here increase quite a bit, tell us about that and what you guys expect for the new school year?”

Josette Espadas – Chairperson, ITVET, OW

“Well, we have a goal for two hundred trainees for this coming cycle you might say that it is small but considering the type of education that we offer which is technical vocational and education that is an attainable goal for us, technical vocational and education is an option we are no longer a last resort of a last choice we are an option together with the academics and we want the public at large to realize that it is an option we need builders, we need technicians for this Belize to prosper so we are glad that we are a viable option now for most students who are leaving school and for some who are out there working and just want to get their certificates and get their credentials necessary for them to thrive in the workforce.”

Currently, the student population at the ITVET stands at 180 and according to administrators it’s a figure that is growing steadily.

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