On Wednesday, the scholarship recipients were able to venture to entities such as the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Inland Revenue Department and Social Security to gain useful information that would assist them on their path to entrepreneurship.
According to Gloria Robinson, Training and Development Officer for the TDC Human Resources Department, the idea was to “give them a general perspective of what entrepreneurship is about.”
She added that they journeyed to the Inland Revenue Department so students can “understand their responsibilities to Inland Revenue” as it relates to getting a business license, registering a business and paying taxes. The trip to Social Security, Robinson said, was to ensure that students protect themselves as self-employed people and learn of the benefits that are available to them.
The day’s trip culminated at the TDC Training Centre in Basseterre where students received the opportunity to speak to young entrepreneurs about their businesses and their journey to entrepreneurship.
Speaking with Stephen Smith of Blue Torch Productions, he noted that it was a good initiative to expose people to entrepreneurship.
“It is nice that TDC – being an established corporation – would give smaller businesses the opportunity to showcase what they do,” Smith said. He added that it was a good platform to inspire others to entertain the possibility of being an entrepreneur.
As a past scholarship recipient, Sasha Herbert who goes by Sasha the Artist, appreciated the fact that TDC organized the event.
“Being a past scholarship recipient, I am even more honored that they chose me to speak to the present scholarship recipients,” Herbert said.
Other entrepreneurs present at the event to display their products and offer services included hair stylists, construction workers, jewelers, members of the agro-processing unit and crafters of skin and hair products.
Each summer, TDC organizes for the students to have a one day summer experience, but this year was the first time TDC did something of this nature, according to Training and Development Officer Robinson.
She cited that the students have had several different types of experiences having been with the program for seven years.
Robinson indicated that they can use such experiences to write excellent resumes or start their own businesses.