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Skills to Access the Green Economy (SAGE)

The Caribbean islands are among the most vulnerable areas in the world to climate change, which puts their economy, environment and population at great risk. The Skills to Access the Green Economy Program (SAGE) will help Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Lucia become more resilient by supporting demand-driven technical and vocational education training (TVET) in key economic sectors associated with climate change in the Caribbean.

The SAGE program aims to increase the capacity of local training institutions to deliver gender-sensitive skills training programs that meet economic and environmental needs in the region, by leveraging the expertise of Canadian colleges and institutes. It also encourages the participation of adolescent girls and women, youth and vulnerable populations in demand-driven TVET fields. Ultimately this will lead to an increased participation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in gender equitable workforce planning, development, training and certification.

The ultimate outcome of the program is a more qualified labour force for employment in key economic sectors associated with climate change in the Caribbean.

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 1,080 (540 females / 540 males) students will be direct beneficiaries of training in areas of climate smart agriculture/agroforestry, renewable energy, and sustainably construction.
  • SAGE works across 6 countries, including 12 TVET institutions, 6 TVET councils, employer associations and Ministries of Education.
  • SAGE links youth, girls, women, and vulnerable populations including students with disabilities and indigenous persons with programs developed by local educational institutions in consultation with employers.
  • SAGE will increase participation of SMEs in gender equitable workforce planning, development, training and certification
  • The program promotes Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy

Funded By

SAGE is a 5 year (2019-2024), $15 million program implemented by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and is funded by the Government of Canada.

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 13: Climate Action
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