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The Belize Training and Employment Centre completes Hospitality Trainings in Placencia


The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE, has successfully completed another round of Hospitality Trainings. This round was held in Placencia Village and focused on the areas of Waitstaff and Housekeeping and Janitorial Basics.

The three-week programme provided participants with the skills needed to prepare them for employment in the hospitality industry. The first week covered soft-skills such as professionalism, time-management, conflict management and communication skills while the second week focused on customer service excellence and service recovery. In the final week of training, participants were divided into their respective technical areas and were given practical assessments that emulated realistic workplace experiences.

To celebrate the accomplishments of the twenty-seven graduates, a certificate ceremony was held on March 21st 2019 at the Placencia Community Centre where fourteen participants were awarded certificates of completion in the Waitstaff Training and thirteen in the Housekeeping and Janitorial Basics Training.

BTEC ,and in extension, BELTRAIDE, remains committed to developing well-trained , marketable and self-sufficient individuals by providing industry specific and demand driven programmes that will sustain a quality workforce.

BTEC successfully completes its first Childcare Training


The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), a unit of BELTRAIDE successfully completed its first ever Childcare Training. This training aimed to equip participants with necessary soft and technical skills needed to become excellent childcare providers.

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BELTRAIDE and OAS launch Global Value Chain Workshop


On Monday, October 23rd, 2017, The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and The Organization of American States (OAS) launched The Global Value Chain Workshop.

This four-day workshop is designed to support the initiative, “Small Business Development Center Model” led by OAS. It aims to provide participants with insights into how to develop effective policies to increase Caribbean countries’ competitiveness in these chains at the local, regional and global levels. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE and OAS launch Global Value Chain Workshop”

SBDCBelize facilitates entrepreneurship development training in Belize City


BELTRAIDE through its Small Business Development Centre Belize (SBDCBelize), is facilitating a series of Entrepreneurship Development Training in the Saint Martins De Porres and Port Loyola Area in Belize City.  The training are in partnership with the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation, through its BOOST+ Program.  The Boost+ Program aims to equip the residence job readiness skills along with a focus of entrepreneurship as another source of revenue.

The Entrepreneurship Development Training aims to equip the participants with knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary to self-analyze their capacity as entrepreneurs.  Participants will also acquire the skills and knowledge to develop their own business model using tools that are for visionaries, game changers and challengers.

Below are some photos from the Saint Martin De Porres Cohort held on April 5th, 2017.

BELTRAIDE and The Nature Conservancy hold Seaweed Cultivation Training in Little Water Caye


The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with  EXPORTBelize, a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) held a Seaweed Cultivation Training from March 3rd – March 5th in Little Water Caye; which provided both a theory session along with hands on experience to fishermen in seaweed farming and cultivation. This initiative was one of many activities under a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed in November 2016. A key objective of this MOC is to support fisheries diversification through the development of a sustainable seaweed industry in Belize.

 

This three day training was facilitated by Placencia Producers Cooperative Society Limited, whose members have previously received intensive training and certification in seaweed cultivation. Ten participants from four fishing cooperatives along with a representative from EXPORTBelize and TNC were trained and received certificates.  The participants included representatives from Toledo Fishermen Association, Sarteneja Fishermen Association, Wabaffu Fishermen Association and Turneffe Seaweed Farmers. The training included seaweed cultivation techniques, farm building and designing, harvesting techniques and the drying process.

 

For more information on The Nature Conservancy visit  The Nature Conservancy Belize page.

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BELTRAIDE SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION WITH SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL


 

A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was signed on Friday, 21st October 2016 between the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE) and the San Pedro Town Council.

The purpose of the MOC was to formalize the collaboration between BELTRAIDE through its Small Business Development Centre, Belize (SBDCBelize) and the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) with the  San Pedro Town Council in order to promote the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s), job preparedness and professional development trainings in Ambergris Caye.

Under the MOC, the San Pedro Town Council will facilitate BELTRAIDE in special projects and or initiatives that are closely related to enterprise development, such as funding for example, seed capital initiatives, advising for start-ups and providing advice to established businesses among many others.

As part of the MOC, a Working Committee will be established which will have representation of all the relevant parties, to exchange data, information and reports, events etc.

The MOC was signed by Mr Daniel Guerrero, Mayor of San Pedro Town, on behalf of the San Pedro Town Council while Ms Lejia Melanie Gideon, General Manager, Enterprise and Innovation, signed on behalf of BELTRAIDE.

BTEC Completes its 5- Star Tourism Trainings in Independence Village


On Tuesday,March 15th 2016 , The Belize Training and Employment Centre  (BTEC)  a unit of the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service ( Beltraide), held the Certificate Ceremony for its 5- Star Wait Staff, Front Desk and Bartender Trainings at the Independence High School in  Independence Village.

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This intense three- week  training  programme  covered professionalism, ethics, an over view of Belize’s  tourism industry; customer service and telephone etiquette as well as a technical component which fine-tuned the trainee’s industry-specific skills.

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 BTEC, Beltraide extends a special thank you to the Belize Institute of Mixology , the National Drug Abuse Control Council (NDACC) , the Labour Department , the Independence High School and all our partners for their invaluable efforts throughout this  programme.

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(L) Ms. Marcelli Richards  – Training Facilitator, BTEC  ;  (R) Mr. Omar Longsworth – Principal, Independence High School

 

BTEC Celebrates its First Anniversary and Signs MOU with Sister Cecilia’s and National Council of Ageing


The Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC) arm of BELTRAIDE,  celebrates its one-year anniversary since inception. BTEC, which opened its doors on October 6, 2014 has been instrumental in developing a cadre of well-trained, marketable and self-sufficient individuals able to compete in the marketplace.

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On October 27th, 2015. BTEC held the celebration ceremony for its 1st anniversary and  also  signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sister Cecilia’s Home for the Elderly and the National Council of  Ageing for the launch of its Home Health Care- Giver Training which begins on November 9th. 2015. The training  which is in collaboration with the Pan- America Health Organization (PAHO) is  geared towards persons who are employed or seeking employment as a care-giver in the homes of Belizeans and visitors.
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(L-R) Ms. Melanie Gideon, General Manager Enterprise and Innovation Division, BELTRAIDE ;Mrs. Marva Allen, Sister Cecilia’s and Ms. Lindy Jeffery, National Council of Ageing

BTEC and in extension BELTRAIDE take this opportunity to thank all its partners who have made the first year a success and look forward to continued collaboration in order to develop, deliver and sustain Belize’s quality workforce!

BELTRAIDE & UB PARTNER TO CONSTRUCT GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE’S FIRST-EVER GREEN BUILDING!


On September 17, 2015, the Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), in collaboration with the University of Belize held the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a new facility: Belize Enterprise and Innovation Institute (BEI2).

The building will be located on University of Belize’s Faculty of Management and Social Sciences campus in Belize City and will house two of BELTRAIDE’s technical units: SBDC Belize an Export Belize. It is designed to nurture entrepreneurship and innovation and strengthen Belize’s enterprise competitiveness.

The building will accommodate a series of meeting rooms, small business incubators as well as a resource centre. The BEI2 is the first government facility to incorporate both Green and SMART technologies which will be beneficial in promoting environmental conservation as well as encouraging the use of modern technologies to facilitate enterprise and innovation.

At the launch a memorandum of Understanding was signed between BELTRAIDE and the University of Belize as a symbol of an extended partnership. Signing on behalf of UB was Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Harrison Pilgrim and on behalf of BELTRAIDE was CEO in the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection, Michael Singh, other signatories included: Leija Melanie Gideon, Manager of Enterprise and Innovation, BELTRAIDE and President of UB, Alan Slusher.

The facility is being designed by Hilberto Riverol Jr.

BELTRAIDE wants to sincerely thank the US Mission to the OAS, the OAS and University of Texas at San Antonio for all their kind assistance and guidance over the last three years. Without their assistance, BELTRAIDE would not be able to achieve all its successes under its SBDCBelize and EXPORTBelize units and have this very notable milestone of BEI2 groundbreaking.

(L-R) Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize, Melanie Gideon , CEO
(L-R) Alan Slusher, President of the University of Belize, Dr. Bernard Watler, Dean Faculty of management & Social Science, Melanie Gideon , Manager Enterprise & Innovation, CEO Min. of Trade,Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development & Consumer Protection

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CEO , Ministry of Trade , Investment Promotion, Private Sector Development and Consumer Protection


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