Over 300 to Graduate From Home Help Program

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Castries, Saint Lucia, November 29th, 2012 – Three hundred and twenty-five (325) trainees will graduate today from the Home Help Program organized by the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations and the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC).
The group, made up of 324 women and 1 man, underwent over nine (9) weeks of training from July. The initial three weeks of training involved productivity enhancement, which was conducted by the NSDC and training in elderly and home help care was carried out by the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations over a 6 week period.
An average of 20 people, have been deployed throughout the 17 constituencies since November. Some specialize in elder care while others are focused on domestic care.
Perry Thomas, NICE’s Project Coordinator says, “It is indeed a proud moment for us to see the hundreds of women, some of whom have not been working for over 2 years now, being engaged in legitimate work, helping those who are now unable to help themselves.”
To date, NICE has put close to 3000 Saint Lucians to work, both in the private and public sectors. In addition to job placements, the Project has also provided grant funding and technical support to a number of small businesses who are now able to employ additional staff due to the assistance received from the Project.
Today’s graduation ceremony takes place at the National Cultural Centre at 2 p.m. There will be addresses by the NICE Coordinator, Perry Thomas, as well as Health Minister Alvina Reynolds and the Honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.
We will be grateful for coverage of this event.
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