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Overview And Application Form

Jamaican Artisans Training Workshop on Ceramic Technology and Pottery

27 March – 21 April 2017, Kunduchi, Tanzania

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS – SELECTION OF TRAINING PARTICIPANTS

About the Jamaican Artisans Training Workshop on Ceramic Technology and Pottery

Applications are invited from Jamaican artisans interested in attending a sponsored 4-week international training course to build advanced skills in pottery and ceramic technology.

With ready access to a large tourism market and significant alluvial clay deposits (estimated at 160 million metric tonnes) Jamaica has the potential to grow the production of pottery and ceramics. Local artisans have expressed a desire to develop the industry and have requested advanced training to build on the local skills and knowledge already existing in Jamaica.

The ceramic and clay industry is currently small in Jamaica consisting of community art and craft centres, non-governmental organisations, and private potters who are working closely with the local business development centre, the local tourism product development centre and the local geological survey division.To support the sector the Jamaican Ministry of Transport and Mining has facilitated mineral exploration and legal arrangements for the use of clay. Informal extraction currently takes Place Island wide, however, there is the potential to pool the resources of Jamaican artisans to apply for relevant licences and synergize efforts into collection centres from which artisans can purchase various types of clay.

The Ministry of Tourism has expressed a desire to support artisanal villages in tourist areas on the North Coast. Many tourists are interested in purchasing unique pieces made from local material, but the sector needs to grow the number of artisans, nurture and mentor new skills, efficiently source raw material and develop processes to supply larger markets.  

The 4-week training workshop will be held at the facilities of the African Minerals and Geosciences Centre (AMGC) in Kunduchi, Tanzania. AMGC is an internationally recognised independent pan-African centre of knowledge and expertise on mineral development. The centre was established in 1977, under the umbrella of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The centre is a pioneer and leader in the provision of training on mineral services, including pottery and ceramics in Africa with a mission to promote indigenous mineral based industrialization.

The workshop will foster international knowledge exchange to build practical, artistic, and production skills in the following areas:

Week 1

  • Raw materials identification for pottery & ceramics
  • Raw materials preparation for: body composition; glazes; and engobe

Week 2

  • Pottery & ceramics classification
  • Refractory materials
  • Raw material preparation: forming; casting; coiling; hand-building

Week 3

  • Decorations: inlaying; stencil; sigraffito
  • Glaze formulation
  • Body preparation: kiln & firings; glaze defects & remedies

Week 4

  • Glaze formulation – calculation
  • Decorations – engobe preparation applications
  • Hand building & throwing
  • Jigger and Jollying

The workshop is organised under the framework of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme, a three-year, €13.1 million capacity building program that aims to build the profile, and improve the management, of Development Minerals (industrial minerals; construction materials; dimension stones; and semi-precious stones; see more at http://developmentminerals.org). The program is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, financed by the European Union and UNDP, and implemented by UNDP. In Jamaica the programme is working in close partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Mining.

Workshop title JAMAICAN ARTISANS TRAINING WORKSHOP ON CERAMIC TECHNOLOGY AND POTTERY

Summary

Applications are invited from Jamaican artisans to attend a 4-week international training course to build advanced skills in pottery and ceramic technology.

Once selected, participants will benefit from a robust training curricula based on participatory, adult learning methodologies, including a mixture of technical presentations, participant knowledge sharing, and practical tuition.

All selected participants will receive sponsorship to cover international travel, accommodation, tuition, meals and local transportation. Travel and health insurance is the personal responsibility of the selected candidates. Assistance will be provided for the application of visas.

Target Audience

Up to five (5) artisans will be sponsored to attend the training. The target participants are professional artisans working full-time on pottery and ceramic craftsmanship in Jamaica.

Women and women-led organizations are highly encouraged to apply.

Objectives

The objectives of the workshop are to:
  • Build skills in ceramic technology, clay design, clay identification, decoration and glazing
  • Improve the craftmanship and business opportunities for production of pottery and ceramics in Jamaica
  • Foster practical experience in clay collection and selection
  • Facilitate south-south knowledge exchange between Jamaican and African artisans on ceramic and pottery practices
  • Transfer knowledge and skills learnt during the workshop with other artisans in Jamaica as part of Return-to-Work projects

Deliverables

Each participant is expected to:

  • Attend each of the training days in full
  • Prepare a draft return-to-work plan (RWP)
  • Periodically prepare a progress report on the implementation of the RWP (the reporting schedule will be determined based on the content of the plan)

Please note: satisfactory completion of these tasks is a condition of acceptance of the sponsorship to attend the training and for future involvement in programme activities.

Selection criteria of candidates

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience in pottery and ceramics
  • Currently employed as a professional pottery or ceramic artisan in Jamaica.
  • Citizens or permanent residents of Jamaica
  • In possesion of a passport for international travel
  • Committed to share and transfer the knowledge gained with other Jamaican artisans following the training
Application Process

Application Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017

Applications will be accepted by email. Please complete this form electronically or by hand. The form can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The size limit for attachments is 10mb. For files larger than 10mb consider using https://wetransfer.com/ or another file sharing service.

 

 

 

APPLICATION FORM

Read these instructions carefully and ensure you submit a full and complete application. If the application is handwritten please use BLOCK LETTERS.        

Please complete this form in ENGLISH and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by March 3, 2017 using the following as your email title:  First name_ Last name_Ceramic

The size limit for attachments is 10mb. For files larger than 10mb consider using https://wetransfer.com/ or another file sharing service.

You must complete all applicable sections of this form and provide all supporting documents and a copy of the information page of your passport (please scan or take a clear picture). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Personal information
Title
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr.             Mrs.           Ms.           Dr.           Other

First Name/ Given Name  
Middle Name (if applicable)  
Surname /Family Name  
Date of Birth                                                            Current Age:
Gender
 
 
 
 

Female            Male

Country of Citizenship  
Country of Residence  
Second Citizenship (if more than one )  
Marital Status
 
 
 
 
 
 

Married                   Divorced                 Single

Any dietary or mobility requirements: For example vegetarian, allergy to seafood, diabetic, unable to walk long distances etc.  
Personal Contact Details
This is for your personal contact details. You will have an opportunity to provide your work address and contact details later on in this form.
Physical Address  
Town/City  
Province  
Country  

Landline Phone Number: Main

+Country Code-Area code-Number

 

Mobile Phone Number:     Main

+ Country Code-Area code-Number

 
Other :                  +Country code-Area code-Number  
Email:                                    Main  
                                                Other  
Study History
Please provided details of your educational qualifications (highlight any qualifications related to pottery or ceramics)
Full Name of Qualification  
Type of Qualification
 
 

   

 
 

    Secondary School                                    Undergraduate

 
 
 
 

       Diploma/Technical /Vocational             Postgraduate

Name of Institution  
Institution Location (country)  
Year of Completion  
Did you complete this qualification and graduate?

        

 
 

Yes

 
 

         No

Full Name of Qualification  
Type of Qualification
 
 

    

 
 

Secondary School                                    Undergraduate

 
 
 
 

     Diploma/Technical/Vocational             Postgraduate

Name of Institution  
Institution Location (country)  
Year of Completion  
Did you complete this qualification and graduate?
 
 

         Yes

 
 

         No

Previous attendance in any ceramics or pottery training, mentorship program, apprenticeship or other relevant professional expereince (please provide a short description)

English Language Competency

Please indicate your English language competency

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Native speaker                            Very good                     Good                          Fair                                   Weak

Current Employment
Please provide details about your current job  
Position Title:  
Employer:  
Start date in current position  
What type of organization do you work for? (Give full details here)  
Please give the number of years of professional experience you have gained as an artisan  

Please detail the technologies and skills that you and your employer currently use in your craft (100-150 words)

 
       
Current Employer Details
Physical address (your actual work unit and location)  
Town /City  
Province  
Country  
Landline Phone Number (Main)                        +Country code-Area code-Number  
(Other)+Country Code-Area code-Number  
Mobile Phone Number                 (GSM; Main) +Country code-Area code-Number  
(Other) +Country Code-Area code-Number  
Email                                     (Main)  
                                               (Other)  

Return to Work Project (RWP)

Return to Work projects are a valuable mechanism for workshop participants’ personal and professional development. As part of your sponsorship, you are required to develop a return-to-work plan that will detail how you will share the knowledge and experience that you have gained at the workshop with other artisans in Jamaica on your return.

Please devise a draft Return to Work Project (RWP) following the below guidelines. This plan is compulsory, and we strongly urge you to discuss it in detail with your employer as well as the relevant organization. RWP’s that do not have employer’s support will not be considered. RWP will be refined and discussed as part of the training. Training participants are encouraged to consider whether the RWP might be merged with those of other participants attending the training to increase the scale of the impact.

Applicants general expectations and plans based on country, employer and applicant’s priorities (between 200 and 300 words-attach separate sheets if necessary)

Please explain what new skills and knowledge you expect to gain from this course. Please be as specific as possible. Please indicate which of your expectations reflect identified training needs.

Please explain how these new skills and knowledge will help you in your current job. Please be specific by citing how you will contribute to the future plans of the oranisation.


Please explain how these new skills and knowledge will help you contribute to your country’s development priorities.

Please outline some activities that will help you to share the knowledge gained at the training workshop with other Jamaican artisans (activities may include workshops, teaching, mentorship etc.). Please be as specific as possible listing the type, number and date of the activities.

Employers general expectations and plans (between 200 and 300 words; attach separate sheets if necessary)

Please explain what skills /knowledge you expect the applicant to return with, and how your organization will use them

Signature and Commitments

Please note: You will be required to print this page for it to be physically signed before submitting a scanned copy (or photo of the signed form) along with the rest of the application.

Applicant-Do you agree to the following commitments and acknowledgements?
  1. To attend the training workshop in full and actively participate in activities.
 
  1. To review your RWP to ensure it is aligned with your organization’s work plans and expectations and collaborate with UNDP on the implementation of the RWP, including by periodically reporting on progress. 
 
  1. I certify that the information I have provided is true and accurate and understand that if I have provided false or misleading information, I will not be considered. I agree to abide by the conditions of the application.
 
  1. I understand that my name and professional details can be entered in a database of participants and be shared among other members of the database for professional development purposes.
 
  1. I give my permission for UNDP to include photographs and/ or video images of myself. The images or footage may be used by UNDP or its programme partners or other organizations including the media. Primarily, they will be used to promote awareness of the work of programme in publications and other printed materials, on websites, and in broadcast media.
 
Name  
Signature  

Date:

Employer – Do you agree to the following commitments?
  1. Support the candidate to attend the training and implement the RWP as developed above
 
  1. Support the candidate to transfer their knowledge to other colleagues and into work practices
 
  1. To review candidate’s RWP to ensure it is aligned with organizational priorities
 
  1. To collaborate and involve UNDP country office in RWP implementation as well as providing feedback to Programme team on implementation of the RWP after candidate returns from the training
 
  1. To accept that proposed RWP can be merged in a greater country multi stakeholder RWP to be implemented jointly with other artisans
 
  1. I certify that the information I have provided is true and accurate understand if I have provided false or misleading information, the employee’s candidature will not be considered. I agree to abide by the conditions of the application.
 
Name  
Position  

Signature

 

Date:

           

Mines & Geology Division
Ministry of Transport & Mining


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