How it all started

In the Beginning.......the Story of Operation Friendship Skills Training Centre as told by the founder Dr. Webster Edwards

I became associated with Operation Friendship (OF) in January 1966 and immediately saw the need for skills training. This was necessary as there were limited opportunities for training for the people of the Kingston inner-city as many of them did not have the entry requirements needed to enter the technical training schools which existed at that time.

Funds were not readily available, but with the establishment of a dedicated team and a strategic partnership with the Rotary Club of Kingston OF was assisted in getting the project off the ground.

The first of three buildings was constructed in 1967 which enabled the offering of a one year course for an initial 12 trainees in General Machine Practice. This programme included lathe work, fitting, sheet metal work and welding. The Centre was opened with much fanfare in 1968 by the first native Governor General of Jamaica Sir Clifford Campbell.

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Construction Trainees

General Construction Trainees working very hard.




50th Anniversary

1961-2011

50 yrs of service to the Kingston Innercity



Operation Friendship, Jamaica

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