Above: Saint Lucia (CJ Photo)
By Gerard Best
Saint Lucia is running a series of training workshops to strengthen its information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
The workshops will provide orientation and accreditation to institutions or eligible individuals who wish to organize training for an upcoming ICT skills development program, which covers a number of areas including multimedia production, data operations, development of applications, computer graphics, as well as system analysis. and design.
Eligible training providers were invited to submit proposals last month.
The workshops will prepare trainers to carry out the proposal submission process. More than 20 potential trainers from across the island attended the first workshop, which was held at the National Information and Communications Technology Center in Castries earlier this month. Participants said they were satisfied with the workshop and felt more confident in submitting proposals.
Once selected, the trainers will then attend another workshop next month, to prepare them for the implementation phase of the project.
The workshops are part of a wider Caribbean Regional Communications Infrastructure Program (CARCIP), a project run by the Ministry of Public Service, Information and Broadcasting, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Funded by the World Bank’s International Development Association and coordinated by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, CARCIP helps governments and the private sector harmonize the development of critical telecommunications infrastructure in three participating Eastern Caribbean countries – Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The program is open to the public and CARCIP will provide training grants of up to US$1,111 to unemployed young people between the ages of 17 and 35 to receive training in an ICT course of their choice.