12 young Barbadians have skills to carry them forward into the world of work thanks to a pilot project with the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF) in conjunction with Scotiabank and the Bridgetown US Embassy.

Not so long ago, a computer coding camp successfully concluded their initial seminar coaching Bajans from 12 and older on how to make smartphone apps and creating basic websites.

Daneilia De Silva is the lead assistant with the Foundation, she explained the goal is to ensure the graduates have the necessary competencies to get their foot through the door for developing sites and apps;-

The Bridgetown US Embassy as part of their drive to empower education in the region, assisted in carrying forward the pilot to ensure young Barbadians do not become what is known as at-risk youth, while Scotiabank is also creating a means of providing teens and older a chance to have gainful employment in growing niches in the Caribbean job market rather than have to outsource for those skills.

Ms DeSilva says the course improved the participants in other areas which are not necessarily part of the programme yet nevertheless essential to carry forward as a real life skill outside of the project;-

Founder of the CSF, Dr Cardinal Warde, was elated with the results of the collaboration and its performance.

He noted even though homework may have seemed daunting for the teenagers, they still persevered and created a successful debut graduation;-

The Bridgetown US Embassy, Scotiabank and the CSF are looking to host a similar endeavour in September this year.

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