NEWLO aims to provide quality vocational and life skills training for disadvantaged young men and women and people of all ages, religions and creeds, facilitating growth and sustainable development of the individual in relation to the family, the community and the nation.
We envision afinancially sustainable institution with first class facilities and well trained and qualified staff, producing trainees who graduate with national, regional or international certification.
NEWLO has, for 30 years, been dedicated to providing high quality life and vocational skills training for disadvantaged youth, facilitating growth and development of the individual in relation to the family, the community, and the nation. The main campus is situated on property rented from the Catholic Church for a nominal amount of $1 per year in Palmiste,St. John’s Parish, with a much smaller, one-room campus in Grenville, St Andrew’s Parish.
The organization was started in July 1984 with funding from the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference covering construction of the buildings and operating expenses for the first 12 years, supplemented by local fundraising & various projects funded by international aid agencies such as USAID & CIDA. In 1996, following the cessation of German funding, the Government subvention began. The Catholic Church continues its policy of ‘in kind’ support by, providing materials for training, appointing the Executive Director and providing volunteer tutors from time to time. The US Peace Corps programme also continues to provide volunteer tutors.
NEWLO currently has 229 trainees at its main campus, of whom about 60 are residential, and 33 at Grenville, none residential. The programme is divided into two components:
- An initial 13 week “life-skills” component which works at personal development, community integration, spirituality etc.
- The second component is optional and is a 6 month basic skills training in one of 14 skill-sets (3 currently in suspension) including a 6 week period of ‘on-the-job’ training with a local employer or institution. It is offered at minimal cost, providing an opportunity for those who could never otherwise afford it, and often allows for the possibility of employment following graduation. It is advised that students take more than one skill to diversify their opportunities.
NEWLO has recently signed on to a Ministry of Social Development programme supported by EDF (European Development Fund) funding to train underprivileged women up to 60 years of age in life-skills and their choice of one of 6 vocational skill-sets.
Over 60% of graduates have obtained employment as a result of their NEWLO training in recent years – a higher percentage prior to hurricane Ivan in 2004.