The Government and other stake holders, such as DEXIA (Dominica export import agency), Discover Dominica, OECS office, Ministry of Trade and the cultural division are all looking at ways to develop employment on the island, including the existing craft production on island. New Beginnig Craft Workshop aim to train 36 people in pottery, traditional straw craft, recycled craft materials by employing the knowledge of the older generation in teaching unemployed youth about traditional local craft techniques. The project provides venue, equipment and support to create craft products also guidance to form a co-operative of craft-makers.The service is to offer free training to unemployed youth to equip them with skills to produce sellable crafts and the product is the craft items, which will be sold by the co-operative group of participants. The need for this kind of initiative is two-fold; young people need training and employment and there is a gap in the market for selling craft products to tourists, hotels, shops and locals, which can be filled by locally-made produce.
Youth unemployment (between the ages of 15-24) in Dominica is currently 26% (Index Mundi, 2011) and so the workshop will focus on providing this dis-advantaged age group with craft skills and the opportunity to join a sustainable and fair co-operative team.
To help young people, especially women, transition from dependency to self-sufficiency through skills training and small business mentoring.