GK Group CEO, Don Wehby, hosted the community members who helped build the new GraceKennedy Headquarters on Harbour Street, at an appreciation event on Thursday, August 8. 

The men, and two women hail from communities in and around downtown Kingston, as well as  Portmore, Spanish Town, Old Harbour and St Thomas. The event saw the Group CEO praising them for their contribution to what he called ‘the most beautiful building in downtown Kingston’, and handing out certificates to some of the workers, who GK subsequently certified, on completion of the building, through Manpower and Maintenance Limited.

“Through dialogue with the contractors and the liaison officer on the project, we were able to identify a first cohort for certification, based on how good they were and how well they handled themselves on the site. We wanted them to be able to have something to indicate that the skill sets and experience garnered here would make them qualified employees in the future,” said GraceKennedy Group CEO, Don Wehby.

He continued, “To that end, we spoke with Mrs Audrey Hinchcliffe of Manpower and Maintenance Limited, and together we worked out a course that rounded out the technical skills they learnt here. At the end of the day, we were able to certify some 23 young men. But this is only Phase one, as we plan to continue the certification until we can certify as many of them as we can.”