The Centre was established in 2006 to train unemployed and unskilled community members in barbering, hairdressing, and ceramic cup-making. However, in 2007, less than a year after opening, the Centre suffered severe damages from Hurricane Dean and was forced to close its doors for almost a decade.
Driven by the belief that persistence makes dreams come true, Reverend Sandra Nembhard, President of the Centre, worked tirelessly to raise funds to rehabilitate the Centre, which finally reopened in late 2017. Within just a few months, the facility was once again offering skills training, thanks to equipment we were proud to donate.
With these new resources, the Centre attained a critical endorsement from HEART NCVET, the national training body that provides global certification for skilled workers. Today, community members are being trained and certified in the areas of housekeeping, cosmetology, data entry, call center services, and food preparation. More than 250 people have already been certified, and more are enrolling all the time – in fact, the demand has been so great that new programs in landscaping and English language have already been added.