Friday 24 May, 2019

3,500 youngsters benefit from Summer Youth Employment Programme

Youth participants attend the launch of  Government's Summer Youth Employment Programme.

Youth participants attend the launch of Government's Summer Youth Employment Programme.

As part of the Andrew Holness-led administration's push to actively reduce youth unemployment, the Local Government Ministry in partnership with the Disaster Preparedness last week launched its Summer Youth Employment Programme. 

The launch was held at the Northern Caribbean University campus in Mandeville and attended by well over 3,500 youth participants.

The programme which began last year has gainfully employed youth in government related entities. It promises to bring focus and experience this year to Disaster Risk Management. 

State Minister in the Education Ministry Floyd Green endorsed the programme, noting that it is a major opportunity for youth empowerment. 

Meanwhile, Local Government Minister Desmond Mckenzie lauded his ministry on sustaining and widening the base of the programme to increase participants with over 1,000 more than the 2,500 youth employees last year. 

McKenzie said the Disaster Management feature was created after youth in Portland expressed concern over the effect of natural disasters on the parish and the country.

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