Graduant: Entrepreneurship programmes need more men


Valedictorian: Gregory Pantin and his 3D printing of local icons.  Photo by Nicholas Maraj
Valedictorian: Gregory Pantin and his 3D printing of local icons. Photo by Nicholas Maraj

Fifty-five people started the Entrepreneurship Development Management Program of the Ministry of Sports and Community Development, which is also known as these hands. Thirty-eight participants graduated, of which 37 were women and one was male.

Vice President of Community Development Emada Bisan said that this program focuses on handicrafts and what people make with their own hands.

This included three months of training with NEDCO in small business development and four weeks with Export Center Ltd. in skill development.

Bisan said the interns attended master classes where they were divided into groups based on their field of work, such as culinary arts, home improvement, event management, self-improvement and creative design.

We had experts in various fields come in and chat with the interns. They told them how to build their own business, the challenges, advice for improvement.

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Participants in the program were instructed to develop new products or services or improve existing products.

Gregory Pantin was the only nobleman to graduate from this program. A former draftsman, he produced 3D prints of local icons such as Calypso Rose and Black Stalin, as well as folklore legends. He hopes to be noticed in the 2022/2023 tourism season.

Pantin presented a certificate on behalf of his class.

Valedictorian: Gregory Pantin and his 3D printing of local icons. Photo by Nicholas Maraj

“Seventy percent of the class graduated. There are 37 women and one man. What happened to all the men? They didn’t get the memo, who knows? But that’s a measure of who wants to in Trinidad.” better themselves. And what gender makes up the majority of micro-entrepreneurial firms in TT.”

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He discussed the complex nature of the course and its broad content, and then offered an overview: “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

“The good: it was a fully realized online program implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic. The bad: the same problems with virtual participation that were everywhere plagued this program – communication, dissemination of information and access to devices. Online and Internet – This program will be transferred face-to-face from next year.

“This program was 100 percent worth our time. No participant can say their time in class was wasted because each session brings valuable information to each and every one of us,” she said to a standing ovation.

He said the course may be too intensive and additional sessions or recordings would be helpful.

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As for “ugliness,” Pantin said halfway through he realized he was the only man in a class of women. At first, Pantin was happy when she told a friend, but the friend said, “It was sad.”

“He said, ‘These government self-improvement programs are free, all it takes is your time to improve yourself,'” Pantin recalled, “and he was very upset that there weren’t more men, more young men trying.” They did to do better.

“It’s ugly, while I feel like I’m the only guy I’m representing, but the truth is, there should be more.”

Pantin asked everyone present to encourage young men to join programs like these, so the number of men in entrepreneurship increases.


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