The Community Tourism CVQ level 2 Programme being done through the St. Andrew Development Organisation (SADO) under the SAEP Project has spent the last few weeks engaged in several practical activities which has involved a Workshop with the Tivoli Drummers, First Aid sessions, a visit to the Westerhall Estate (Rum) Ltd, visits to various tourism sites, among others.
The objective of the training programme is to develop the human resource capacity and enhance the skills of the trainees in creating a viable and appealing community-based tourism product for employment in the Tourism Industry.
Among some of the Units to be covered in the Programme are Provide First Aid, Promote and Sell Tourism Related Products and Services, Prepare Content on Local Culture and Heritage, Demonstrate Knowledge of Tourism Awareness, Promote Products and Services to Customers, and Contribute to the Promotion of the Country’s Tourism Product to name a few.
The Programme involves six-months of classroom sessions and three months on traineeship prior to completion.
The six-year, SAEP (Climate Smart and Rural Enterprise Programme) is a government project which is aimed at reducing poverty by increasing income flow in rural communities. It intends to address two vulnerabilities: high youth unemployment and the high exposure of agricultural production to climate variability.
In this regard, the project has included vocational skills training to build capacity in unemployed and underemployed youth between the ages of 16 and 35.
The GNTA is expected to certify all persons trained under the Programme with CVQ/NVQ Level 2 certification as well as provide assessment and certification to 60 skilled but uncertified workers.