It is no secret that people are finding it more difficult these days to find jobs. In other instances, workers have been made redundant during the past year, while some were forced to resign for various reasons.
Despite the skepticism of many job-seekers, the past twelve months have shown that people have stepped outside of their comfort zones; outside of their box of normalcy and have become equally creative, persistent and determined to ensure that they are able to meet the needs of their families.
They have given thought or have acted in survival mode and have explored other options of generating income. In this regard many have ventured out seeking opportunities to be owners of their own businesses.
“I do what I have to do to serve.” as many would. “It’s survival of the fittest.”
The year 2012 was deemed to be a year when most people would have struggled trying to make ends meet. Others have seen the light and are now motivated to utilize the open market to exercise their entrepreneurial skills.
The famous Fort Street has become the ideal location for many new micro businesses. “Smoothy King”, located on the corner of Fort Street and Prince’s Street, is one such example. The owner has set the trend for other small business operators.
The increase in street vending despite the best efforts of local authorities, tells the story of people simply trying to provide for their families.
Therefore given the difficult task these days to secure jobs in just about every field of endeavour, more emphasis is being placed on efforts to guide the nation’s youth into areas of business opportunities, where they can become entrepreneurs, creating employment for themselves and others.
It is therefore to this end that the Department of Youth Empowerment will host its third CEBO entrepreneurial training from January 14 to 19, 2013 and is inviting interested individuals between the ages of 16 to 35 in St. Kitts and in Nevis to register for the free course.
According officials associated with the project, participants will engage in six days of intense, dynamic and fun-filled activities that highlight important principles of starting a business and will have hands on experience of running a simulated company for two days.
Registration can be done at the Department of Youth Empowerment in St. Kitts or the Division of Youth Services in Nevis.
Similar programs were held earlier this year in Sandy Point and one in Nevis.