The Grenada National Training Agency is collaborating with the Climate Smart Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Programme (SAEP) to:
- Provide quality assurance support and certification of all candidates.
- Coordinate the delivery of vocational skills training to 160 unemployed youth
- Certify 60 Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) candidates.
The six-year project is funded by the Government of Grenada, the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
- The project is aimed at reducing poverty by increasing income flow in rural communities. The intention is to address two main vulnerabilities in the country: High youth unemployment and the high exposure of agricultural production to climate change and variability.
- The SAEP focus is to improve livelihoods through skills training, investments in agriculture, teaching climate smart practices, providing business skills training and technical services to rural enterprises in rural communities throughout the state.
- Under the Enterprise Business Development Component, the GNTA is involved in vocational skills training (VST) leading to level 2 CVQ/NVQs for 160 young people ages 16-35 who are unemployed or underemployed.
- The training will also include apprenticeship and job placement which is expected to increase the chances of finding permanent employment. The entire project aims to provide skills training for 400.
- The project also offers the opportunity for the certification of 60 skilled but uncertified workers under the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) programme.
- Seven training programmes have since commenced including Crop Production CVQ level 2, Agro-Food Processing CVQ level 2, Food Preparation and Cookery CVQ level 2, Community Tourism CVQ level 2, Health Care Services -Patient Care (Orderly) CVQ level 2, and Allied Health – Health Care Assistance (Patient Care) CVQ level 2.