“Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” seems to be the mantra being pushed by Wayne Gosset, a Brit engaged to a St. Lucian and living in the UK, who is planning an ambitious initiative which could help poor families make ends meet.
The concept is all based on Gosset’s 30 years of experience in woodwork and construction and will involve the training of persons from poor families in these vital trades.
Gosset proposes a year-long training course for St. Lucians in the lower income bracket focusing on advanced woodwork with the potential for more courses in the future.
“There’s so many young people wanting to work but do not have the training of equipment to start working and caring for their families,” Gosset said.
Gosset said the idea was influenced by the pre-election speeches he heard:
“After I heard the pre-election speeches I decided all my experience will help others, someone took the time to teach me all I know and I feel it’s time to pass that knowledge on to others,” Gosset said.
Gosset also believes the initiative could be a major boost for the St. Lucian economy:
“The scheme will also help the economy by the island producing items to export in time, The first and foremost is getting the trained and skilled individuals,” he said.
Gosset hopes that the St. Lucian Government will consider his proposal and move forward to work with him on setting up the training course.