Thursday 17 October, 2019

Barbadian youth undergo creativity training

Around 20 young people are currently being trained for work in the cultural industries sector.

Conducted through a five day Creativity for Employment and Opportunity (CEBO) workshop, the training is being facilitated through the Ministry of Youth and Community Empowerment and the CARICOM Secretariat.

Upon completion, participants will be expected to deliver peer-to-peer training for at-risk, unattached youth and young offenders.

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Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment, Adrian Forde says it adds to his ministry’s “list of modalities for engaging and facilitating entrepreneurial activity among young people in Barbados [to] counter youth unemployment and reduce crime and violence”.

He noted that the CEBO workshops are the types of investment in development that are of interest to his Ministry, especially given the fact that entrepreneurship has been declared a critical component within the country’s overall economic recovery strategy.

“This training will, therefore, support this strategy by producing a cadre of young people with the knowledge, skills and abilities to enable and support their peers by creating their own businesses and being gainfully employed in creative disciplines such as sports, entertainment, the arts, craft, fashion and beauty services.

“In essence, this training will support our efforts at reducing youth unemployment,” the Youth Minister surmised.

Similar CEBO workshops are also expected to be delivered in five other CARICOM Member States, namely Belize, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

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