A cross-section of the participants at the start of the web development boot camp for the Gender Department.

Ms. Lorraine Archibald, Gender Affairs Coordinator, Department of Social Development, Nevis Island Administration.
Introducing the Lesson by the Hon. Mark Brantley, left, Nevis Premier, Secretary of Information Technology and Secretary of Gender in the Administration of the Island of Nevis; Rodney Browne, Chief Executive Officer of eCaribbean Ltd and moderator of the web development boot camp for the Gender Affairs Department.

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – Hon. Mark Brantley, Nevis Prime Minister, Secretary of Information Technology and Minister of Gender Affairs in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) welcomes the Gender Affairs Department for hosting a free web design training workshop for men and women in Nevis.

Topics covered during the sessions include: website analysis using Word Press; Woo Commerce and Ecommerce Options; Search engine optimization; Useful plug-ins and scripts; Web sources; Gutenberg Blocks; Shopify; and integration of the payment gateway.

Hon. Brantley described the initiative launched on January 9th as timely and highlighted the importance of web development skills.

“I think the ability to create content will be very important,” said Brantley. “How we can create content, how we can create something that we publish there, has value. This is very important, especially now in this environment of COVID, in this environment in which many jobs have been lost, in this environment in which jobs are difficult to find, as our economy was of course largely geared towards tourism, which is largely to Has stalled as a result.

“I think computer literacy is vital as you can do it in the comfort of your own home, in the privacy of your bedroom,” he said. “The reality is that this initiative is timely because it comes at a time when many of our employees can try to develop the computer skills necessary to generate income for themselves and create opportunities for themselves.”

Brantley told attendees that the workshop will also offer them the opportunity to create jobs.

“You may now be in the early stages of creating your own job, starting your own small business, and offering your services to others who do not have the capacity and ability,” he said.

Brantley was encouraged to see that among the 29 participants there was an almost even division between men and women.

He assured everyone that the NIA, through the Department of Social Development, would try to keep the initiative going beyond the original end date.

“I think there is some momentum going on here and we want to keep that going in the future,” said Brantley.

Ms. Lorraine Archibald, Gender Affairs Coordinator, noted that the workshop is an important initiative made possible by the Invisible Hand Foundation, moderator Rodney Browne and the hardworking staff in the department.

Ms. Archibald underlined the importance of web design for modern business processes and added that web developers are in great demand worldwide.

“For many companies, a website is more important than anything when it comes to reaching customers online,” said Ms. Archibald. “In times like these, every business recognizes the need for a website. They learn to design and develop the best website to get their product or service online.

“Through our hard work and commitment, we continue to strengthen our employees with knowledge and skills,” said Ms. Archibald. “Here on Nevis, many people are expected to be trained as web developers as this is a great career of choice that will make you get rich over time.”

Ms. Archibald congratulated the staff on organizing the workshop. The training officer, Ms. Catherine Forbes, provided assistance. and Senior Gender Officer, Ms. Shelly Jones Liburd.

Browne, the Chief Executive Officer of eCaribbean Ltd, has over 20 years of experience in the design and digital industries.

The sessions take place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until January 30th.