The Barbados YMCA Eye-on-the-Y Programme offers a number of skills training courses which would equip young people with income earning skills. These are also useful for homeowners who want to enhance their do-it-yourself capability around the home. Some courses are offered in two parts – beginners and advanced – with the advanced portion required for full proficiency. A certificate is issues on successful completion of the advanced portion of the course. A wide range of courses is offered including:
Participants learn to install ceramic/porcelain tiles etc. The beginners course teaches the basics of laying tiles, tools, calculating requirements, etc. The advanced course teaches ceramic tile laying designs, cutting, diagonals etc. Each section runs for five weeks with two sessions per week. They also run consecutively so that the full programme can be completed in ten weeks.
Both the beginners and advanced portion of this programme fun for twelve weeks each. The beginners course teaches the basics theory and practice of plumbing, of plumbing maintenance and repair of fittings etc The advanced course progresses to the installation of a whole house plumbing system.
Upholstery and Drapery
Participants are taught the theory and practice of upholstering furniture and drapery making. Skills include calculating requirements, cutting and stitching as well as dissembling and reassembling upholstered furniture.
This course teaches the theory and practice of electrical installation. The two sections cover the fll range of skills from basic installation of electrical fixtures up to house wiring and installation of fittings required to prepare a house for electrical inspection. The beginners and advanced sections run for twelve weeks each.
The beginners’ course teaches the basics of fingernail health care and decoration while the advanced section of the course teaches advanced fingernail decoration techniques. Each section of this course runs for ten weeks with one session per week on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Participants are taught to make a wide range of items ranging from household pieces to personal accessories. Once the skills are learned the range of items is limited only by the imagination.
This course teaches the Techniques of decorating with flowers and foliage at both a beginners and advanced level.
This course teaches participants how to use the Computer Aided Design programme to generate plans for houses and other buildings.
Other courses may be added from time to time depending on demand.