Youth Minister, Stephen Lashley and CEO of Simplified Apps, Curtis Padmore, looking at the work of students from the 50 bb Websites Project. (C. Pitt/BGIS)

A group of young persons was recently challenged by Minister responsible for Youth, Stephen Lashley to see how they can use their skills to advance Barbados and impact the world.

The Minister was commenting during a walk-through of a training lab held in one of the Ministry of Education, Science Technology and Innovation’s computer labs at the Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road, St. Michael.

Speaking to 30 Barbados Community College (BCC) students enrolled in the 50 bb Website Project, conducted by the locally based organisation Simplified Apps, Mr. Lashley encouraged them continue to love what they do, while seeking to further their financial development and that of the nation as a whole.

“At the end of it all, it is also about how you’re going to create capital out of your skills. When you are constructing a design or doing any kind of creative work I would hope that at the end of the day you would want to be able to make some money as well,” Mr. Lashley said.

While urging the students to be business minded he noted that when discussing the development of industries and businesses money “translates into what you can do to build a business and how you can create employment”.

He further noted that as they progress in the industry, they needed to focus on global success by penetrating international markets. He then suggested that Barbadian youth needed to be “borderless” in their approach the business, similar to their international counterparts.

“There are not many young people in Barbados who are projecting themselves beyond the Barbados market… Size is no longer an impediment to your global reach,” Minister Lashley added.

At the end of the project the 30 BCC students would have designed websites for 50 local Non-Governmental Organisations. 

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