DYBT and IOM Partner to Improve Trainer Skills

by: - January 29, 2020
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Young people participating in a DYBT Mentor’s Forum (file photo)

The Dominica Youth Business Trust with its partner the International Office on Migration, is concerned about the trend of net outward migration especially of Dominica’s young enterprising people.

To combat this, the IOM is helping the DYBT to increase its offerings to young people to encourage them to remain in Dominica and build businesses and create employment.

The DYBT focuses on a model by which young people are provided with the wherewithal to establish sustainable businesses, with training being a large component of preparing youth for entrepreneurship.

The International Office on Migration is working with the youth business trust to involve more young people in national development.

This is why the DYBT trainers were further educated on Monday and Tuesday to effectively deliver information to their business students.

Maxine Alleyne-Esprit, Community Engagement Officer for IOM who is managing this project explained, “There were pilot training programmnes done last year and they were evaluated based on feedback from the trainees.

“One of the things that was clear was a need for sharpening the trainers’ skills so that trainees, young entrepreneurs get maximum benefit from the programme.”

Forty trainers who conduct sessions at the DYBT’s annual entrepreneurial camps and workshops have registered to improve their skills.

“…It shows that the youth officers and other public servants who assist DYBT with their trainings, the practitioners and trainers from the private sector who all contribute to the training programmes are interested in improving and sharpening their skills, ” Alleyne-Esprit believes.

Kerry-Ann Remie-Timothy, DYBT Coordinator listed, “The objectives are to strengthen the training proficiency of the DYBT programme facilitators including those who use ICT in the delivery of the training; to promote the understanding of adult learning in order to better cater to adult learning needs; to help establish clear rules of behaviour and maintenance of authority in the training room, to help facilitators set boundaries for facilitators with adult learners…”

According to Alleyne-Espirit, “At the end of the day, the beneficiary is the youth Development Division and DYBT but ultimately the young entrepreneurs will benefit.”