Townhall Meeting with DFID
Representatives of the TEF attended a townhall meeting organized by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to participate in a discussion about barriers and opportunities for development in St. Lucia and the wider Caribbean. As part of the UK’s future strategy for the region, the UK Government brought together a range of experts in St. Lucia to seek their views on what the UK should be focusing upon as it starts to design its future programme. Mr. Mark George, the Acting Head of DFID Caribbean facilitated the discussions.
The Department for International Development (DFID) will be running a four-year programme which covers four of DFID Caribbean’s focus countries (Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines). It is aimed at responding to the problems of low growth and high unemployment, particularly among youth. Its objective is to develop relevant market skills among young people in the Eastern Caribbean, promoting youth employment, productivity and inclusiveness (including access for disadvantaged youth / people with disabilities).
With a focus on sectors which have the potential to foster economic growth, the Youth Skills for Economic Growth in the Eastern Caribbean will provide training:
- to job-seekers and upskilling existing employees
- in basic life skills and technical skills to disadvantaged young people
- improve the capacity and strengthen national training institutions