ANNOUNCEMENT: Register for the Ministry of Education Skills Training Programme

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  1. May 24, 2019

    In order to assist those wishing to learn or develop their skill, I am willing conduct a short introductory workshop on what it takes to be recognized as a skilled craftsman (or woman) and the options available for training. I will cover all the trades listed in this announcement and more besides.

    The session is free and will be held at my studio and workshop at Antrim next Saturday afternoon beginning sharp at 2.00 pm. It is essential that those wishing to attend contact me beforehand so that I know the number to cater for.

  2. May 23, 2019

    The Skills Training Program is a commendable start, but a skill, no matter how basic, cannot be learnt in two days a week, over a six week period. A recognized apprenticeship in the trades listed is six years and then some.

    All too often these days, the unskilled or barely semi skilled worker is passed off as being skilled.

    • Watching
      May 23, 2019

      They are given the basics at least. The people are sacrificing their time at least they offer two days a week for six weeks. They have their family too. Duh. If they could do it for a longer period they would. The trainees will be applying themselves in workshops etc to move on from there. Duuhhhh..u have the skills and you not coming to teach for one day further more for 5days so hush. Let our training rock..I’m looking forward to it

      • May 23, 2019

        Yes, I have the skills and over the last thirteen years I have offered my expertise many times over to government and other agencies, but to no avail. When I have offered free training sessions very few have responded, yet alone shown up.

        You tell me to “hush” but what more can I do?

      • Zandoli
        May 23, 2019

        The late Clifton Dupigny must be turning in his grave, having seen the Clifton Dupigny Technical College killed, buried and replaced with the sham that we now call the Dominica State College. So now we are back to offering “the basics” to our youth for “two days a week for six weeks” and you want us to shout HOORAY. What has happened to us since the days of the Technical Wing of the DGS … of the JSP Program? Are you aware that almost every island in the OECS and the wider CARICOM region has the capacity to award the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) which is an internationally recognized certification, to their citizens? Why are we still only able to offer basics and pretending that this is so much?

      • carlty
        May 24, 2019

        You are correct @Watching. Not only will they be learning the basic skills but they will be certified. I know with the Youth Development Division, the certificate you receive is applicable in any country, I would think that this certificate would be the same. Also, no matter how good you are at something, it doesn’t hurt to refine your skills or to pursue a certificate in the field.

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