Alva Suckoo, Newlands MLA, is sponsoring persons interested in pursuing professional development courses.
Suckoo indicated that he has been assisting persons already via the NWDA. However, he wanted to do a bit more by sponsoring them to attend computer classes and soft skills training courses offered by local provider Micro Matrix. He made the announcement initially in his Newlands WhatsApp community chat group and has since posted it on various social media platforms.
He stated that he prefers to assist young people who are actively seeking employment and need some real-world training to get them gainfully employed.
Suckoo stated, “One of the biggest obstacles faced by our young people when attempting to find employment is the lack of training and special skills. I am going to make an effort to give our young people especially, the opportunity to gain these skills via local providers such as Micro Matrix and while I do not have the resources to do this on a large scale I encourage local businesses and those with the resources to do the same.”
Over the years Micro Matrix has partnered with a number of both private and public sector entities to provide training for a wide cross-section of persons in the community. As it turns out Suckoo's gesture was matched with others in his group wanting to assist with sponsorship also. He has committed to this being an ongoing initiative, budget permitting, and has stated he will assist at least one person per month.
He is hoping that other MLAs will join in this initiative and noted, “our young people need every advantage we can provide them with and collectively this can be done so it benefits those who need it.”
Available courses include a variety of Microsoft Office courses, customer service, supervisory training, and a very popular paralegal course. The full training catalog is available here.
Micro Matrix has been offering courses for over 13 years. Managing Director, Sandra Hill, informed CMR that “numerous firms and individuals on the island have utilized our services over the years and we are pleased to continue to build on our offerings. We have a complement of professional instructors and continually seek to provide the best customer service to everyone. Our focus this past year has been on courses for the small business owner and expanding our paralegal course to an instructor-led classroom version.”
Micro Matrix will also be sponsoring one person to attend an upcoming QuickBooks session.
Micro Matrix will also be offering ACCA exam prep and exams in the near future.
Persons interested in sponsorship should contact Suckoo directly at his office via email: [email protected] or send a WhatsApp message to 324-1941.