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St. Lucia: Boys Training Centre now provides therapy sessions, CVQ certification, agriculture and sporting programs

The juvenile rehabilitation and detention centre houses boys in conflict with the law as well as those in need of care and protection.

Over the last 60 years, the Boys Training Centre (BTC), has evolved in its service offerings to wards. The institution now provides therapy sessions, technical and vocational programs, agriculture and sporting avenues. Another source of pride is the musical band sponsored by the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Wang Sonson, General Manager of the BTC, explained: “We have agriculture, auto mechanics, welding and woodwork. Two years ago we decided to try for the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ). This is something that had never been introduced to the Boys Training Centre. Prior to this, we had never had a ward enroll at the BTC and leave with a certificate. The first, was a ward who came to us for care and protection. He was assessed for level one welding. He passed and moved on to level two. This year we had two boys who are with us as juvenile offenders. They were assessed for certification in welding last month and I’m happy to say that they both passed. That was a major success for us.”

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