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  • A sum of $173.6 million has been allocated to the Youth Development Programme to help unattached youth with their transition into adulthood.
  • The programme provides training, on the job experience, information dissemination, labour intermediation services, and sector management.
  • The programme is expected to be completed by June 2015.

A sum of $173.6 million has been allocated to the Youth Development Programme to help unattached youth with their transition into adulthood and the world of work.

The funds have been set aside in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The programme, which falls under the Ministry of Youth and Culture, provides training, on the job experience, information dissemination, labour intermediation services, and sector management.

Targets for this fiscal year include: construction of St. Catherine and Hanover Youth Information Centre (YIC) and National Youth Service (NYS) facilities; revision of curricula for NYS; revision of National Youth Policy, which will facilitate implementation; upgrading of the NYS parish offices; and the procurement of furniture and equipment for Youth Information Centres (YICs) and NYS offices.

Achievements up to February 2014 include: the completion of several activities such as the design of sewage disposal system for Trelawny Youth Information Centres (YIC)/National Youth Service (NYS) office; Career Advancement Programme (CAP) activities; design of Strategic Framework for YICs; construction drawings for Hanover NYS/YIC; preparatory work for the Post-Graduate Programme in Youth Development; data collection for evaluation of the NYS non-residential programme, and CAP.

Additionally, the National Youth Policy Green Paper and St. Catherine YIC/NYS offices were partially completed.

The programme is expected to be completed by June 2015, and is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Government of Jamaica.