The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Twenty young Saint Lu­cians par­tic­i­pated in the GAMA Learn­ing In­sti­tute youth entrepreneurship work­shop spon­sored by St Lu­cia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Lim­ited (LUCELEC).

The work­shop cov­ered a range of top­ics in­clud­ing “The Anatomy of an En­tre­pre­neur”, “Per­sonal Vi­sion” and “Over­all Strat­egy”.

Guided by pre­sen­ta­tions and speeches from pro­fes­sion­als in var­i­ous fields, par­tic­i­pants also de­vel­oped and ex­e­cuted busi­ness plans for their own start-ups through which they ap­plied the prin­ci­ples they learned. The short-term busi­nesses de­vel­oped in­cluded car wash­ing, selling of home-made cakes, sweets and ice lol­lies. All of the groups gen­er­ated prof­its from their busi­nesses.

LUCELEC Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager, Roger Joseph says the com­pany com­mit­ted to the train­ing course be­cause of its blend of themes re­lat­ing to per­sonal ef­fort, youth and ed­u­ca­tion aimed at pro­duc­ing bet­ter lead­ers, par­tic­u­larly in the field of busi­ness.

“We see this as con­tribut­ing to de­vel­op­ing a mind-set where young peo­ple will be seek­ing to de­velop their own busi­nesses and pro­vide em­ploy­ment for other young peo­ple, rather than seek­ing to get a job some­where; to be em­ploy­ers rather than em­ploy­ees. The more peo­ple we can en­cour­age to think in that di­rec­tion, the more likely po­ten­tial so­lu­tions to prob­lems like un­em­ploy­ment will be found,” he ex­plained.

The train­ing course was at­tended by young peo­ple aged 14-18.

LUCELEC Spon­sored GAMA Work­shop.

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