Pearls, Saint Andrew is earmarked by Government to house Grenada’s first garment production co-operative.
The new entity will focus primarily on school uniforms for all students enrolled in the Government’s Uniform Assistance Program.
The facility, soon to be opened, is expected to boost the country’s manufacturing sector and ultimately serve as the market where many local companies’ uniforms can be sewn.
The scope of work is spearheaded by the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts through its YUTBIZ Program.
Yutbiz is a government micro- credit program designed to support new ideas, offer business training, and technical support, business consultation among other key services to young aspiring entrepreneurs.
Successful participants for the first phase of the project are now equipped and ready for the challenge following a one week intensive training session.
Addressing the successful participants at a certification ceremony held at the Grenada Youth and Cultural Centre, Permanent Secretary for Youth Development, Norman Gilbert, encouraged participants to make maximum use of the opportunity provided.
“I want for you to see this finally as an opportunity for you not only for yourself but for your family and to also provide a needed service to the population of Grenada.”
The training, done in partnership with the Grenada Co-operative League, focused on several key areas including Co-operative By-Laws, work ethics and business plan development.
Randy Cadet, Vice-President of the Grenada Co-operative League, encouraged participants to grab the opportunity. “This is your thing to own, you have to go forth, stay focus, stay united, committed and let this thing grow into the big thing that you know it can grow into.”
Participants will be engaged in further training this month. The three-phase training approach emphasizes theoretical and practical sessions, including Co-operative formation, Co-operative Management and Garment Production Management.
Meanwhile, consultation continues with key stakeholders to discuss the way forward.