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Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - The National Skills Development Centre at Bisee will be the venue for the latest workshop organized by the Ministry of Commerce, Investment and Consumer Affairs. The March 14th – 18th activity will be conducted under the theme “General aspects of furniture manufacturing.”

The one week workshop forms part of the Ministry’s continued attempt to enhance the technical capacity of persons engaged in furniture manufacturing.

Commerce and Industry Officer with responsibility for the Furniture Industry Mitchelle Thomas, said the workshop sought to address a deficiency facing the industry: “We have come to realize that a number of persons who operate or work in various firms have not had formal training in the area of furniture manufacturing, and in that regard, we have decided to stage this workshop to train persons in general aspects of furniture manufacturing”.

The workshop is to cover several topics, including costing of furniture items, and the various steps that are involved in furniture production. “We are also looking at the various tools that are used; the safety procedures one should pay attention to in ensuring that everything goes on smoothly in the shop. We are also looking at electrical and mechanical troubleshooting, which are essential in ensuring that we have minimal breakdown”, Mr. Thomas informed.

Persons who are interested in participating in this workshop are asked to contact the ministry at telephone number 468-4213. The deadline for the receipt of application is the 9th of March.

The furniture workshop is being organized in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), which has contracted the services of two lectures from the Department of Building Trades at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College to conduct the exercise.

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