PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (ILO News) -- Instructors and senior officials of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities, and Technical and Vocational Training Institutions in Saint Lucia will attend a five-day training workshop on entrepreneurship, education and curriculum implementation, which will convene at the Saint Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre, Castries, from 9-13 September 2013.
The Workshop is being organized by the ILO's Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean (DIIVT/O-POS) based in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Department and Labour, Saint Lucia. Hassan Ndahi, ILO senior specialist, skills and employability and Kelvin Sergeant, ILO specialist, enterprise development, will be the facilitators of the workshop.
The aim of the workshop is to strengthen the capacities of instructors and trainers to implement entrepreneurship education in their institutions' curriculum, in order to provide students and trainees with the knowledge and skills to start and manage a small business.
The workshop is one of the collaborative efforts between DWT/O-POS and the government of Saint Lucia, in developing strategies for employment of persons with disabilities, which is one of the priority areas in the Saint Lucia Decent Work Country Programme.
The Workshop objectives are to:
• create awareness of enterprise and self-employment;
• develop a positive attitude towards enterprise and self-employment;
• provide knowledge and practice of the required attributes for starting and operating a successful enterprise, particularly a small business; and
• prepare young women and men to work productively in small and medium enterprises.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be better able to implement the ILO Know About Business (KAB) training materials in their schools' curricula, especially for persons with disabilities to consider self-employment as a viable option.
The ILO is a specialized agency within the United Nations system committed to advancing opportunities for women and men including persons with disabilities to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.