I dared to give up everything and defy the norm. To leave the tried, 'true' and tested path to chase after the wind. If that isn't the perfect definition of craziness, then what else is?
Technical Trainings - Supply St Vincent Class of 2018 valedictorian, Shem DaSilva
Spartan Innovation is pleased to announce that ten (10) trainees out of an initial twelve (12) graduated Friday 22nd March 2019 after having completed training and assessment in Maintenance Mechanic In the Brewery Industry delivered by Spartan Innovation. This training began August 2018 and lasted for six (6) months. It is part of a partnership between the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College and the St Vincent Brewery Ltd. The resulting CBT (Competency Based Training) Workplace Programme saw an initial batch of seven (7) trainees graduating in the first instance last year January.
The SVBL is a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev the world's largest brewer. AB InBev dreams of being the best beer company bringing people together for a better world. Every year plants within the AB InBev group complete to qualify for their Voyeur Plant Optimization (VPO) program and for the honour of being the company’s top performing brewery. Each element of the VPO program is embedded into the participating plant’s culture, emphasizing the importance of everyone sharing the company’s goals while respecting AB InBev standards of business, integrity and the leading principles that define AB InBev culture. Training is a key element in the enshrining of those principles. The competency-based training work program is part of a wider training vision that was conceived as the company seeks to develop career pathways which would allow employees to progress within the organization from an entry level worker to supervisory and management levels.
The main objective of this Maintenance Mechanic Module I was to equip plant employees so they can competently function as part of the company’s Autonomous Maintenance Pillar. A trainee is considered to be competent if they can:
- Apply the fundamentals and techniques of control and dimensional analysis, applying criteria of quality, safety and occupational hygiene.
- Apply manual methods of machining and forming, according to established rules and procedures.
- Apply techniques and procedures for installing and maintaining machine elements, according to maintenance plans and technical data sheets of the manufacturer.
- Plan the maintenance to be carried out in a company, according to programming, under requirements of quality, safety and industrial hygiene and preserving the environment.
- Install and apply maintenance to directional valves, according to technical and safety requirements.
- Perform measurement of fundamental magnitudes of industrial instrumentation, according to operation manuals and safety standards.
- Apply the fundamentals of arc welding and oxyacetylene processes under requirements of quality, safety and industrial hygiene and Preserving the environment.
In attendance were members of the Trainees family and well wishers. Officiating dignitaries included Mr. Kenroy Questelles, Director of the National Qualifications Department secretariat of the Sector Skills Development Agency (NQD/SSDA) our local National Training Agency; Mr. Nigel Scott, Director of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College; Mr. Osborne Bowens, Dean of the Division of Technical and Vocational Education (DTVE) and Coordinator of this training programme; Mr. Theodore Browne, Head of Engineering at SVBL, representing AB InBev St Vincent Supply Manager; and not forgetting the Master of Ceremonies Mr. Val Matthias Communication Lecturer at DTVE and local media personality.
This training was conducted using the Blended Learning and Competency Based Learning approach. Blended Learning allowed participants to interact with the Trainer and Lab Assistant in Face-to-Face sessions for both theory and practical engagements while at the same time provided online access to study materials, written assignments and tests. This provided the trainees, who were otherwise engaged in their regular work schedule at the Brewery, with the flexibility to learn on the go by being able to access training resources from their mobile devices, desktops or laptops. All this was made possible by Spartan Innovation's Digital Learning Management Platform mySpartan Learning. Via this platform, Spartan Innovation is able to offer the following:
- Cloud-Based LMS - Implementing your courses on mySpartan Learning ensures a fast deployment, lower costs and increased return on investment (ROI).
- Course Development - Team up with our course developer to build interactive, engaging courses and effective evaluations.
- Learning Program Consulting - Get advice from our expert to determine what types of learning resources and technologies would best support your environment.
- Gap Analysis - Work with our CBT Assessor to determine training/competency gaps in your workplace and develop training programmes to target those gaps. No matter your training goals, our team will help you achieve them.
Spartan Innovation wishes to extend congratulations to all the graduates as they embark on their new journey within the St Vincent Brewery Ltd.
Technical Trainings - Supply St. Vincent, Class of 2018. From left to right: Neil Woodly, Akeeno Woodly, Dwayne Richards and Romando Maxwell.
Technical Trainings - Supply St. Vincent, Class of 2018. From left to right: Rejiv Cuffy, Teron Benjamin, Clemroy Peters, Junior Scott and Rayon Woods.
These pictures show trainees taking down and reassembling a computer at various stages during H-elping Y-oung P-eople E-xcel summer programme 2018 in conjunction with the National Public Library.
“Whatever we are, whatever we make of ourselves, is all we will ever have—and that, in its profound simplicity, is the meaning of life.” - Philip Appleman
What is the meaning of life if it was not meant for living? In the Christian's Bible Solomon’s response while pondering this question was "Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do" (Ecclesiastes 9:7). Paul, an Apostle, equipped “If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:8). The Muslim's Quran echoes a similar thought by saying "Eat and drink and be not prodigal" (Quran 7:31). Hinduism points to the four purusharthas, or aims, of human life: artha, kama, dharma, and moksha. Artha and kama being material and physical well being and social recognition. Dharma is righteousness, the experience of the divine, and Moksha, ultimate happiness.
Confucius once said: "If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk. If you want to be happy for three days, get married. If you want to be happy forever, cultivate a garden." Anais Nin is of the opinion that “There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person,” while Arnold Schwarzenegger extols “The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe contends “The man who is born with a talent which he is meant to use, finds his greatest happiness in using it” while The Dalai Lama summarizes “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”
Throughout the ages; across the ethos of time; from the religious to the contemporary; man has sought to find true meaning and happiness out of a seemingly meaningless existence. But what really is the true meaning of life if it was not meant for living? Hence, whatever you do, do not succumb to the tyranny of work. Dream your dreams. Cage your demons. Conquer your fears. Find your freedom and live.
The goal is All. The journey continues into the unknown where uncertainty abounds, but fortune favours the brave.
Just the other day something got me thinking about credentials and I couldn't help thinking that a degree may not always work for you. So choose wisely. From a rational point of view the vocational people are the boss.
For example, a middle income professional with his bachelor or masters would find himself going to the loan officer with the same or higher to get 100,000.00 plus dollars loan to put in the hands of skilled tradesman with just a certificate or diploma, if that much at all, to build his dream home. Or the lawyer man with his BMW going to a roadside mechanic and leaving his expensive ride in the hands of so call "high school dropouts" to fix. There are a lot more examples in our society but I think the point is clear.
However, we have a tendency to undervalue these people in our society. We continue to promote the professions of doctors and lawyers, not that anything is wrong with those professions they are noble in their own standing. But the most striking thing happens, when technical problems start to manifest themselves, who do they call? Well I'll tell you: the same guy who they were in class with but didn't "make it" and he learned a trade skill along the way to become a Master Craftsman. Now imagine that. Our safety is in the hands of people who we once thought of as ones who couldn't learn or ones who did not have the mental capacity to advance to achieve great educational accomplishments.
Now I am of the view that they are the forgotten ones among us, the ones we left behind as advanced ourselves blazing our paths to glory. I think that they are the real unsung heroes among us. So I would just like to use this space to send greetings to the skills men and women among us today. Your sacrifices make our happiness, joys and comforts possible.
The goal is All. The journey continues into the unknown where uncertainty abounds but fortune favors the brave.
"The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The road to success is rough and rugged. It is not possible to have it all, therefore trade-off decisions are needed. Planning is an important tool, but halfway planning is a pitfall that must be avoided at all cost. Instead, plan all the way to the very end. If you are not prepared to do that do not start, you are much better off where you are right now. Planning without strategy is empty planning. Strategy is the ability to understand the past, know the present and project numerous possibilities of occurrences in the future, given the knowledge of the past and the present. The courage to make tough decisions, unpopular though they may be, is also needed and an iron will that will stand tall when all else fall is an essential ingredient.
In all these things be focused. Never look back. Follow one course until success. Never look back. Fortify all battlements. Never look back. Burn all bridges if you must. Never look back. Cut the ties that bind, though well intentioned they may be. Never look back. Stay the course. Raise the Standard high. Guard it with your life. Failure is not an option.
The goal is all. The journey continues....