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 technical and vocational education (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 program will run for 5 years (2019 – 2024).
- Approximately 1,080 (540 females / 540 males) students will be direct beneficiaries of training in areas of water and coastal management, eco-tourism, agriculture and construction.
- SAGE will increase the participation of at least 30 small & medium size enterprises in gender equitable workforce planning, development and certification.
- The program supports Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, particularly the action area of Human Dignity.
- Ultimate outcome: A more qualified labor force for employment in key economic sectors associated with climate change in six Caribbean countries.
This $15M project is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.