|Buea IVTC graduates and officials pose for the camera|
By Christopher Ambe
The State-owned and skills-giving Buea- based Intensive Vocational Training Centre (IVTC) for Office Employees, last June 24 in a joint graduation ceremony formally passed out three batches of its good-for-the-job market trainees: the batches of 2013,2014 and 2015 numbering about 200.
But no matter how skilled graduates are in a highly competitive job market their chances of landing jobs are slim if they don’t market themselves.
Reason why John Atosoh, Southwest Regional Delegate for the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, who chaired the joint graduation ceremony on campus told the smiling graduates:
“You are the ones now to create your paths to success, to employment…
“You must think big and network, and not feel disappointed in the search of jobs .Go out searching for jobs and not spend precious time watching movies in the false hope that jobs will come and meet you in their comfort”
|John Atosoh urges grads to be job creators|
Describing the graduates as “fortunate because you are graduating from an institution which has exceptionally trained you,”Mr. Atosoh commended the Director of IVTC Buea, Madam Becky Limunga Effoe,for the visible capacity-building role she has been playing for several years now intended to help the State reduce unemployment and enhance national development.
The Delegate advised the grads not only to go searching for jobs but also to strive to become job creators, noting that professional training is the key to development.
He hailed the Cameroon government for making education a major priority, and threw the challenge to all to sacrifice their utmost for the country’s development.
The Delegate used the ceremony to praise the Biya administration for making Limbe host of one of Cameroon’s only three Advanced Vocational Centres.
In a welcome address earlier, IVTC Buea Director Becky Limunga Effoe,said the institution was one of six state-owned vocational training centers in the country;she added that IVTC Buea is special in that it offers a bilingual trainng.
The Director disclosed that many of the graduates could not attend the ceremony “because they have had jobs already at home and abroad”,a declaration which drew thunderous applause from the audience.guo Madam Limunga Effoe noted that with a solid foundation in vocational training no child can be left behind in the job market. “Vocational training provokes work ethics and economic growth”, she said, adding that “it is the gateway to employment”
The Director hoped that the” graduates would see brighter days because we know that the future is bright”
She appealed to the public and companies to maximize IVTC training programmes, citing the General Manger of the Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC), the second employer after the Government, who told her that “The best secretaries CDC has now are from IVTC Buea”
The key speaker at the event was development expert George Mofor, whose topic was “Passion To Productivity”
The motivational speaker told the graduates that nothing is more permanent in life than change, noting that everybody needs positive change.
As such, Mofor challenged the graduates to transform their diplomas into values.
He assured them that they must face challenges in life, adding that such would only strengthen them for greater success in whatever they do. “You must defend your career fearlessly and in so doing the sky won’t be your limit to success but rather your springboard”, he told the grads, to applause.
|Madam Becky Limunga Effoe (1st from left backing camera)awarding scrolls to grads|
The diploma-award ceremony began with a divine service led by Rev,Jobera Nelson,on the theme “The Best is still to come”.
Drawing inspiration from the Bible book of Proverbs3:5-6, the Minister of God told the grads:”you are now equipped to explore the world; I charge you to be optimists…looking up to God for your dreams and aspirations to become realities.”
IVTC offers training in the following specialties:office-automation secretaryship, Bilingual Secretaryship, computerized accounting, Accounting Secretaryship and computer maintenance.
The decades-old IVTC offers nine-month diploma courses and admission into the institution is gained either through an entrance examination or through direct negotiations with the centre