Talent Unleashed at Hanover Art Fair and Skills Expo

Date Published: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The talent and innovative skills of Jamaican youth from Hanover was unleashed at the Ministry of Youth and Culture's 3rd staging of the Hanover Youth Skills Expo and Art Fair, held on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Lucea Transportation Centre.

The event, which saw over 400 persons in attendance throughout the day, was coordinated as a Youth Month activity. Youth Month is being commemorated in 2014 under the theme: Youth Advance...not leaving it to chance.

The aim of the event was to promote social entrepreneurship and capacity building for youth engagement in Hanover, while striking a platform for fuelling new multi-sectorial partnerships and building of functional social capital. The event had several educational and training institutions as well as business development entities mounting displays and providing technical support to the young artisans on location.

Several high schools and youth groups including Hopewell High, Ruseas High, Green Island High, Rhodes Hall High, Grange Hill High and Hanover Youth Skills Development Group,displayed their various art and metal pieces and designs, as well as culinary offerings.

The highlight of the event was the Innovative Challenge which saw Green Island High and Ruseas High competing to create marketable goods from what would normally be refuse or waste materials. In the end, it was Green Island High that walked away with the winning trophy courtesy of Lucea-based CAP Sales & Services, as well as two day passes courtesy of Beaches Negril. Ruseas High also received two Beaches Negril day passes for commendable effort.

The Innovative Challenge was a new and exciting addition to this year’s event. According to NCYD’s Youth Empowerment Officer for Hanover, Donmarie Latouche, “we wanted to afford our youth the maximum opportunity to gain new experiences while showcasing their talents and building their social network. This expo as well as the Innovative Challenge allowed for that,” she noted.

Some of the exhibitors included HEART Trust NTA (North-West TVET Institute – Kenilworth Campus) and the Hanover divisions of the Victim Support Services, National Youth Service, Child Development Agency, Jamaica Business Development Company, Social Development Commission, Ministry of Labour & Social Security and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.

Sandals and Beaches Resorts (Negril) were also on hand showcasing various skills/careers in the hospitality industry, including bartending and mixology, housekeeping and towel art, table-setting and napkin folding and fruit carving. Young persons had the opportunity to sign up for the resorts’ six-week Hospitality Training Programme and learned about various career options available in the tourism sector.