Tuesday 07 March 2017

The British Council Caribbean, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, is supporting the participation of a Jamaican delegation, to attend the first of three annual seminars on skills in Edinburgh, Scotland, from March 7-9, 2017.

The delegation which will be led by Rt Honourable Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, will include representatives from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica National Foundation, The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, HEART Trust/NTA, Office of Social Entrepreneurship and the National Centre for Persons with Disabilities.

The seminar entitled - “How important is enterprise training to job creation? Embedding Enterprise in Technical and Vocational Education” - will focus on the importance of enterprise training and job creation, by exploring the different approaches to entrepreneurship training within the wider international skills agenda by drawing on the expertise and varied perspectives of entrepreneurs, government officials and representatives from the education sector.

It will address key issues such as - should enterprise training, be part of, or additional to technical training, the perception of enterprise training; the importance of mentoring; reaching disadvantaged groups and the role of different stakeholders. The seminar will provide a range of views from business, government and education and will also have visits to businesses, innovation hubs and colleges.

Within the last eight years, entrepreneurship has accounted for almost 300,000 new jobs in Scotland, making Edinburgh an ideal and dynamic setting for this seminar.  Discussions will cover a broad range of topics from the role of enterprise training and technical training to mentorship and equipping learners with the necessary skills for the 21st century. 

 A total of 18 delegates are being supported to attend the seminar; participating territories from the region include Bahamas, Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago.

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