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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.

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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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EXPORTBelize, BELTRAIDE and the Nature Conservancy holds meeting to discuss development of Belize’s Seaweed Industry.


EXPORTBelize, Beltraide and The Nature Conservancy facilitated a working session with fisher groups from Hopkins, Placencia, Punta Gorda, Sarteneja, Dangriga and Belize City, along with a representative from the Belize Federation of Fishers, to discuss development of Belize’s Seaweed Industry. This session is just one activity under a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed between BELTRAIDE and The Nature Conservancy in November 2016. A key objective of the MOC is to encourage a sustainable seaweed industry in Belize that provides products for local and international markets and directly impact livelihoods of coastal communities while restoring ecosystem health.

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Each group was given the opportunity to report on the status of development relating to seaweed and to report on challenges faced in trying to advance their seaweed operations. The discussions were fruitful and the groups embraced a collaborative approach, offering advice to one another and applauding each other for efforts and accomplishments to dates. Both Agencies took the opportunity to outline their roles in the partnership and facilitated discussions on strategies to address challenges faced. The session concluded with discussions on the way forward relating to capacity building, marketing, market research and other efforts to advance development of the industry.

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HARVEST CAYE: THE NEW TOURIST MECCA IN SOUTHERN BELIZE


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), under the auspices of the Ministry responsible for Investment, Trade and Commerce, is mandated to facilitate and promote investment in Belize. The massive investment happening at Harvest Caye in the southern part of the country is yet another vivid example of BELTRAIDE’s efforts to foster investments.

On Tuesday November 15, 2016 Belize Island Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, held a soft opening for its Eco/Adventure Cruise Port at Harvest Caye.largest-pool-in-central-america

 

Harvest Caye sits a few miles south from the Placencia mainland and it takes only eighteen minutes to get there by boat. Upon arrival, the visitor cannot help but to enter into a state of wonderment as the vast beauty of the island unfolds.

Its turquoise water, sandy beach lined with beach beds, huge pier, and array of restaurants and bars, butterfly farm, nature trails, the welcome center, shopping centers, massive lighthouse tower used for zip lining, water sports facilities and its condescending giant pool all infuse the visitor’s amazement.

 

The Eco/Adventure Cruise Port will allow cruise line passengers to experience Belize at its finest on the island that has all the imaginable amenities to pamper the discerning tourist.

Harvest Caye is stunningly spectacular! But so is the continuous support the project received from the Government of Belize.

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Like Harvest Caye there are also other projects that are benefiting from the Government’s keen commitment to foster investment.

Placencia Small Business Development


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In light of upcoming investment developments to the south of Belize, a one week capacity building workshop, executed by SBDCBelize Beltraide with approved funds from Compete Caribbean, took place in the Placencia Village in collaboration with the Placencia Village Council. This workshop was geared towards targeting new and existing entrepreneurs in order to enhance their business skills, professional services and standards.

Twenty participants, who comprised of entrepreneurs and business-people from Placencia and the surrounding area, spent one week learning various business centered topics. These participants came from various backgrounds and professions. They included: These topics included: Entrepreneurial Development; Basic Business Plan Development; Costing and Pricing; Record Keeping; Developing Customer Service; Logistics; and Marketing and Sales. They were all challenged to be creative, innovative, original, self-confident, and responsible throughout the entire program. Keeping those main points in mind allowed them to constantly think of ways to create value and build new business ideas, or seek ways to improve and enhance their existing businesses.

Everyone participating fully engaged with the trainers, brought creative ideas and comments to the workshop, and made wonderful contributions towards the development of their existing and potential business ideas. At the end of the week, their creativity and willingness to grow as entrepreneurs allowed them to remain on course and graduate. All participants stated that it was a wonderful experience meeting different people within the community and surrounding areas, and being able to share and interact during the one week period.

 

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