Course participants Vieda Mills, a Youth Development Officer in Nevis and Jamie Phillip of the Ministry of International Trade in St. Kitts, explained that while recruiting registrants to undergo the training, they became intrigued with the project.
“In the future I would like to open my own business, so I thought why not give it a shot and attend the training,” Ms. Mills stated.
Phillip had a similar story. “I think I was the first person to sign up because on the first day when the registration forms arrived I said I want to get on this course.” He got the blessing of his supervisors and became fully engaged in the workshop that was facilitated by Rina Yaffe and David Slyper of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.
Dion Browne and Edecia Richards are both unemployed. Browne is working to launch a catering service in the near future while Richards is seeking employment. The young persons praised the facilitators and organizers and were grateful for the new experiences.
Richards stated that the lessons learnt will help her to be a better employee. “The skills I have attained at this workshop, I can take them and practice … in the workplace which means I will be more productive and valuable to the company,” she disclosed, referring to the sessions on time management and efficiency.
Trainees of the workshop took their theoretical work to the streets of Basseterre on Wednesday in a practical exercise about what they have learnt.
The Participants were divided into five groups and during the lunch hour were offered raffle tickets; balloons and greeting cards; jam and honey; and lemonade; as well as carrot juice and tea leaves for sale, to test what they have learnt in the classroom while benefitting a worthy cause and to get a sense of selling products and what it is like to interface with customers.
All proceeds from Wednesday’s activity will be donated to local charitable causes.
The workshop is coordinated by the local Organization of American States (OAS) office in collaboration with the Young Americas Business Trust, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Israel and the Departments of Youth in St. Kitts and Nevis. Other partners include the St. Kitts-Nevis Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Chamber of Industry and Commerce, University of the West Indies Open Campus, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, the Ripple Institute and the Ministry of International Trade