Youth in Toledo District Trained in Nautical Skills for Tourism Careers
The Ministry of Youth, through the Department of Youth Services, has trained several youths from the Toledo District in boat navigation and basic nautical skills. The initiative was geared at preparing the youth for careers in the tourism industry and was sparked by the DYS’s youth needs survey, conducted in 2022. DYS Director, Kevin Cadle, explained that the goal of the project was to provide the participants with an avenue to generate income.
Kevin Cadle, Director, Department of Youth Services: “We recognize that young people across the country were saying that they need skills. And when you look at each district, they come with their own dynamics. When you look at tourism, you know that in the West and the South tourism is very popular also in Central, which is Belize and the Cayes. So one of the things that we embarked on in Toledo, and it was not just for young people in the town but also in the villages was the boat captain, boat navigation and boat handlers training. And it was a special training different from all the other districts. We had training across the country. We trained this particular summer around 3,000 to 4,000 young persons nationally, received support from the Department of Youth Services in various areas. But the boat handlers training is specific and it’s something that is new because of the fact that there are so much opportunities for young people in terms of navigation and in terms of learning how to handle a boat and be able to survive. It’s those real survival skills. And for two months, we had a past officer from the Fisheries Department, Mr. Vasquez, he conducted the practical and theoretical training for those young people in Toledo. As a matter of fact, our minister and CEO are going down there on Thursday to close it off and I am told that we will get the privilege to actually go on the boat with the young people and they will guide us to one of the islands out that side. So it was specific. It was very sustainable in terms of their employment. And so for us, we’re very, very happy about that particular training that we did in Punta Gorda.”
Yesterday, our newsroom aired a story where Cadle spoke about the current crime situation. We would like to clarify that contrary to the report, Cadle did not call out the Leadership Intervention Unit (LIU). His statement echoed that youth agencies should work together and Cadle did not directly target the organization. Our newsroom notes that the statements were taken out of context and did not reflect a breakdown of the relationship between the two organizations. ///