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Oct 2, 2019

DYS Hosts Train the Trainers Workshop

Fifteen entrepreneurs are attending a training of trainers’ entrepreneurship workshop at the Department of Youth Services.  A regional consultant, who works a CARICOM initiative called CEBO, the Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity, is conducting the sessions which have also been held in other CARICOM countries. We stopped in at the DYS on Regent Street to find out more.


Richard Berwick

Richard Berwick, Regional Consultant (CEBO), CARICOM

“CEBO, for the record, is Creativity for Employment and Business Opportunity. The target audience is young people between ages of fifteen to twenty nine. We have done this project in thirteen of the fifteen CARICOM Member states.    Over the next five days what we have been doing is covering personal development, accounting, business planning, ice breakers and a lot of elements that can help with the trainers. In the coming weeks we will have the CEBO community workshops themselves, which in that capacity, that is when the trainers will become more active.  In today’s workshop, we are doing facilitation 101 primarily and how to become a CEBO facilitator. We are covering the elements of a business plan and one of the most interesting aspects is that it affords persons who are not necessarily in business to get a business experience. So, everything we do here is simulated.”


Jacqueline Acosta

Jacqueline Acosta, Participant

“With my job what we are currently doing, we want to help entrepreneurs who have a business or want to start a business; we want to be able to help them so that they can have a very successful business. So, just the skills I learn here, I will be able to definitely implement on my job just to empower and provide knowledge to young entrepreneurs.”


Aida Escobar

Aida Escobar, Communications Officer, DYS

“This is only the first of three parts. Part two will come on October fourteenth and throughout that week where we will be getting young people who have come back to Belize through the process of deportation. We know that it is difficult to get jobs and employment on a whole, so it will be great to get skills if they would like to start their own businesses. So, for this part where the trainers are being trained on that, they will also come back and assist us as we train them and then we will have one more training on October twenty-first and during that week for any unattached young person who would like to start a business in Belize.”

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