The CAR-19 CEFE/YSD Pre-Technology project is a part of a wider regional program sponsored by Department for International Development (DFID) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). The aim of the project was the provision of training to unemployed youth to increase their ability to access TVET training and employment opportunities.
Across the region, the first cohort of training started between August and October 2015 in 5 countries (Jamaica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and St. Vincent). Programmes were delivered in several areas including ICT, Construction, Horticulture, Boat Maintenance, Cruise Line Services, Plumbing, Welding, Electrical Installation and Food Preparation.
The Grenada component of the programme aimed at training 100 trainees in Cruise Line Services in three cohorts during 2015 – 2016. The programme covered the following three units from the Cruise Line Services Level2 occupational standard: Provide Basic First Aid, Deliver Quality Customer Service, and Maintain a Safe and Secure Working Environment. Table 9 shows the results of assessments for cohort 1, 2 and 3 of the project.
The first cohort was trained in 2015 while cohorts 2 and 3 were engaged during 2016. A total of one hundred and two trainees were enrolled over the life of the project. 64% of the trainees gained employment upon completion of the programme. The OECS had the strongest employment results for trainees in the region. Most partnerships achieved 1:3 male to female gender ratio of participants but Grenada was commended for achieving a 1:1 gender ratio. The project was completed on time and within budget.