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They held presentations of what they learned during the six month course on Thursday, October 15, 2010, at the Lions Den and the following night they received their certificate of completion of the Electrical Level One provided to them by the Institute of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET).

The 11 graduates receiving their certificates included: Salvador Tut, Rudy Gomez, Jorge Rodriguez, Hilcias Lovos, Eliazar Alcoser, Alberto Nuñez, Carlos Castillo, William Glenford Castillo, Pedro Chan, Edson Frutos and Adrian Nuñez. Presenting them with their awards were Hon. Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation and Area Representative with Mr. Kenroy Ellis, ITVET Manager, Belize City.

Hon. Heredia expressed how proud he was of the graduates knowing that they now have greater skills to continue their careers as electricians and contributing to a growing community.

Instructor of the course for ITVET, Mr. Juan Alamilla, told Ambergris Today that he is glad that the institution is holding these courses on the Island and in Belize because the country needs trained professionals.

“There is a lot of work to be done in this field,” said Mr. Alamilla. “There are many people who have the skills but are not properly trained. These students can now apply for their general electrical practitioner’s license in order to legally work. Most residents who go study abroad in this field tend to never come back to the country, so ITVET is doing a great service to properly train these individuals who can practice their skills on the island.”

The three projects displayed at the Lions’ Den included a module displaying the use of natural resources to generate clean power such as hydro and wind power; a system that enables residents to switch power source from the electrical company to a batter backup in cases such like hurricane power outages and a third system that recycles Freon from AC units and refrigerators to help keep the environment clean.

The Electrical Level One Training program consisted of electrical installation, operation, and maintenance for all residential and commercial buildings. Trainees gain a deeper knowledge of safety, tools, and electrical principles, and measurements, junctions of components, equipment and residential wiring. Aspiring residential wiring technicians and persons seeking to take the wireman’s license exam are encouraged to apply.
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