Dominican Government partners with IsraAID and UNDP to launch initiative training participants on how to work online
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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on July 17, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people around the world have lost their jobs because of the quarantine limitations and social distancing, while others resort to working from home, and digital skills are increasingly in demand. Dominicans now have an opportunity to apply for training to learn how to work online and gain these necessary digital skills.
The Government of Dominica has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IsraAID, an Israel-based non-governmental humanitarian aid agency, to design a program called Work Online Dominica. This pilot initiative is part of a plan to help Dominicans take “advantage of the Global Market and contribute to Dominica’s Digital Economy agenda.”
60 individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 will be trained on how to start working online. Also, participants will learn how to gain income and achieve financial stability while working in the comfort of their own homes, or wherever they choose to work.
According to the project organizers, Dr. Marie Pascale Affana and Dr. Clementine Affana, two of Dominica’s top Digital Skills Specialists, will train the successful applicants for 12 weeks. Both instructors have 9 years of freelance and remote work experience working for over 100 companies and individuals.
Throughout the training period, the candidates will have access to a wealth of useful resources like comprehensive training modules on how to start working online, weekly group coaching sessions, and even one-on-one coaching to help address personal challenges and refine job applications.
“Yes, the pandemic happened and so many things were shifted around. But do you know what else we (and the entire world) realized? Companies and businesses will be hiring more and more employers to work from home, and the data doesn’t lie, and 2020 was just the start,” the Work Online Dominica team expressed in a Facebook post.
The application process for the training involves filling out an application form, a 300-word personal statement explaining the reason for applying, and a 1-minute video that describes the applicant’s professional and academic background. Applications are due July 25.