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    • The Ministry of Youth and Culture will continue delivering the Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunities Training (CEBO) programme, in order to support the employability and entrepreneurial development of young people.
    • The CEBO programme is being implemented through the Ministry’s Youth and Adolescents Policy Division (YAPD).
    • Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sherril O’Reggio Angus, said a total of 19 youth leaders and stakeholders were trained in a Train-the-Trainers programme.

    The Ministry of Youth and Culture will continue delivering the Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunities Training (CEBO) programme, in order to support the employability and entrepreneurial development of young people.

    The CEBO programme is being implemented through the Ministry’s Youth and Adolescents Policy Division (YAPD).

    In a report to the Human Resource Committee of Parliament, at Gordon House, on January 19, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sherril O’Reggio Angus, said a total of 19 youth leaders and stakeholders were trained in a Train-the-Trainers programme, and nine young people were trained in identifying and developing bankable business plans.

    According to Mrs Angus, the Train-the-Trainers Programme “facilitated the development of simulated businesses to test the feasibility of the identified businesses in the corresponding markets.”

    Additionally, she said it allows for additional implementation of CEBO across the Youth Development sector and “will provide mentorship for the participants of the bankable business plan over a two-year period.”

    Explaining how the CEBO programme works, the Permanent Secretary said that young persons are given funds after their training to develop a business plan for a mock-business that is workable.

    “They actually do end up with a plan and they pay back the funds at the end of the programme to show how they are able to repay the money,” she said.

    Mrs. Angus said the Ministry had collaborated with Caribbean community (CARICOM) in implementing the programme.

    “CARICOM is involved in this and so we will get support and technical guidance and it is something we should replicate across the nation,” she added.