Youth training workshop to reduce unemployment
As the country continues to tackle youth unemployment, a workshop that will provide young entrepreneurs and potential trainers with guidance and support to generate viable and creative ideas to start and develop new green businesses, was launched today.
The week-long Business Labs Trainer of Trainers Workshop, targeting Youth Commissioners, was officially opened at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth in Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall.
The United Nations Development Programme has continued its commitment to working with the ministry through collaboration with the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme, The Youth Development Programme, The Young Americas Business Trust and MASHAV-Israel’s Agency for International Development and Cooperation- to deliver this type of training at this critical juncture in the development of the nation’s youth.
Minister of Youth Stephen Lashley said the training is in keeping with the mandate set out in the National Youth Policy to develop entrepreneurial awareness and enterprise creation among the youth as a viable means of reducing youth unemployment.
Given the outcomes identified, he said the training was a step in the right direction.
“This training is tangible evidence that as the Government accelerates our strategy of restructuring the economy, bold steps are being taken to transform the mindset of our young people when it comes to creating opportunities for them to earn a living,” he said.
“This training will prepare the Youth Commissioners, in particular, for the important work of transferring vital business skills and ‘know how’ to our youth within the various communities across Barbados so that they can take maximum advantage of emerging opportunities in the new Barbados economy.”
It is hoped that the workshop will also stimulate innovation and generate entrepreneurial initiatives that positively affect the society.The workshop will offer technical skills and advice in business planning, marketing and branding; it will evaluate existing ventures to identify and pursue new opportunities.
By the end of the week, participants should have expanded their understanding of business entrepreneurship in practical planning, development, economics, operation, management and marketing terms.
Lashley encouraged the participants to make full use of the opportunity to develop both their business management skills and facilitation skills, to become virtual sponges and soak up all that the trainers have to offer.