The training initiative is being funded by the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF), and the Chairman of that entity’s Board of Directors, Dr. Hermia Morton-Anthony, who was the guest speaker at one of the weekly seminars organised for the Women in Construction Trades under the theme, ‘From the Basement to the Attic’, highlighted the fact that women were now making remarkable progress in a non-traditional area.
Morton-Anthony said, “At a time when the economy was slowing, it appeared that construction was holding its way at about 18% of the economy. Therefore why shouldn’t women benefit? Why are we withholding ourselves from ensuring that we achieve from that kind of economic growth? And so this is why this project is here. My challenge has been in educating, inspiring and motivating. Join with me so that we can get this country and its economy working.”
She pointed out that when she saw the Women in Construction Trades (project) on paper, she immediately associated herself with it and wanted it off the ground immediately because construction was becoming one of the driving economic forces in St. Kitts and Nevis.
According to Dr. Morton-Anthony, the Women in Construction Trades, which is coordinated by Mrs Celia Christopher of PEP, and facilitated by Mr Walcott Hillock, proprietor of All Solutions International, has become the talk of the town, and very much the pride of PEP because it is a non-traditional area in which women are participating in a bid to change their lives.
“Your programme is called From the Basement to the Attic,” noted Dr Morton-Anthony. “Already it appears to me that some of you are on the first floor or above. I do not know how many floors are in it, but I know some people are close to the penthouse, and I want you to continue to strive to achieve.”
The Women in Construction Trades (WICT) is a component of the People Employment Programme (PEP), and is being held at All Solutions International in the C.A.P. Southwell Industrial Park.
The Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF) has of late become involved in projects geared towards the promotion of the development of the country’s social infrastructure, which is largely the people, and it serves the entire country, St. Kitts and Nevis alike, said a release from the organizers.