The Dominica State College (DSC) will hold a special closing ceremony to celebrate the successful completion of its Youth Skills Development Pre-technology program this Friday.
According to a release, the project was designed to prepare out of school at-risk youth, aged 15 – 29, for future education and training in tourism and hospitality, and most importantly, equip learners with skills required to obtain jobs in that sector.
A total of 60 youth (26 males and 34 females) are now trained at level 1 to work in the hospitality areas landscaping, facility maintenance, housekeeping and bartending. In addition to the technical skills, participants learned many life skills.
An amazing feature of the training was that DSC, for the first time, included two learners with Down syndrome in the program. "We also reached out to, and included in the program, two learners with learning and behavioral challenges and one with a physical disability. DSC is proud to have contributed to the change that is now evident in their confidence and competence" read an official statement.
This program was implemented under a partnership arrangement with Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Canadian Colleges College of the Rockies (COTR), Bow Valley College (BVC) and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC).
Funding for the Youth Skills Development Pre-Technology Program came from The Department For International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The Canadian Institutes Canada (CICAN) administered the Project.
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