The 1st cohort of the Youth Business International (YBI) In House Training entitled “Strengthening the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Caribbean Youth” begun on Tuesday 17th September 2019 at the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room with approximately 16 young entrepreneurs in attendance.
Entrepreneurs ages 18 – 35 years, operating informal, micro and small businesses are receiving training in the areas of Business Idea Generation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Resource Management, Brand Development, Finance Management and Strategic Management in addition to developing their attitudes, behaviors and actions as entrepreneurs. Upon completion of the 3 week training exercise all trainees will be paired with trained mentors for a period of six (6) months to one (1) year.
This regional pilot project funded by Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will allow for the Youth Business Trusts of Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Dominica and St Lucia to build the capacity of youth to create self-employment opportunities through, among other things, the provision of entrepreneurial training, finance and mentorship.
The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports have collaborated with the St Lucia Chamber of Commerce by providing financial and technical support which will allow for many St Lucian Youth to benefit from this valuable and much needed training.