The CBC Health Services Baptist Vocational Training Center (BVTC) has graduated its first batch of trainees in the Hotel and Catering Management program. This ceremony which took place on December 12, 2020, at the Baptist Centre, Nkwen saw the graduation of 25 trainees.
Presenting the program, the Administrator of the Technical Services Department (TSD), Mr. Nyuonguo Kenneth said such training is the first of its kind to be held in the CBC Health Services. The Administrator revealed that the BVTC program, which started in September 2005, has admitted 16 batches of trainees and has graduated 400 graduates including the present batch. He said the Centre is currently training 102 trainees.
The program carries out intensive training with 40% theory and 60% practical hands-on job learning. Some trades offered in the Centre include Building Construction, Carpentry and Joinery, Electricity, Plumbing, Painting and Tiling, Computer-Aided Design, Auto Mechanics, Metal Works, Biomedical Technology and Hotel and Catering Management.
Handing over certificates to the graduates, the Director of CBC Health Services, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih commissioned them to employ all skills acquired in serving the public. As professionals, they are expected to make a difference in the field especially in Cameroon where customer services are very poor. One of the highlights of the day was the announcement by the Director of the CBC Health Services on plans to start a Course in Customer Services. This will improve customer service beyond the institution.
The Mezam Divisional Delegate of Tourism and Leisure also observed that his office will do a follow-up of the graduates in the field. The delegate informed the graduates that the job market is open for them especially with the upcoming African Nations Cup in Cameroon where their services will be in dire need.
The Deputy Mayor for Bamenda III Council also challenged the graduating trainees to work as onto man as they work onto God. She also emphasized the importance of the training while stressing the need for an intensive course on customer service, which she said, is a great problem in the Municipality. The willingness to cooperate with the program in using graduates and trainees more in the future was expressed. She also encouraged the graduates to submit Business proposals at the Council for funding opportunities under the reconstruction plan.
The ceremony was also attended by the Cameroon Baptist Convention Executive President (EP) represented by Rev. Ngala Godlove, the Regional Delegate of Tourism for Bamenda, the Mayor for Bamenda III Council, Administrators of the CBCHS, faculty members of the Centre as well as guests.