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  • The Government will this summer spend $20 million on a number of employment initiatives to benefit some 6,000 youth between the ages of 16 and 25.
  • The programmes, which will begin in early July, are being implemented by the TEF; the TPDCO; the NYS, and the CSJP.
  • TEF-funded programme will place 380 youth in temporary jobs with private and public sector companies for five weeks, during which they will receive a weekly stipend.

The Government will this summer spend $20 million on a number of employment initiatives to benefit some 6,000 youth between the ages of 16 and 25.

The programmes, which will begin in early July, are being implemented by: the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); the Tourism Product Development Company Limited (TPDCO); the National Youth Service (NYS), and the Citizens’ Security and Justice Programme (CSJP).

TEF-funded programme will place 380 youth in temporary jobs with private and public sector companies for five weeks, during which they will receive a weekly stipend.

Executive Director of the TEF, Clyde Harrison said the programme has been very successful over the past seven years.

“TEF’s Summer Internship programme has been very successful. It has made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young Jamaicans by providing insights into working life. On completion of their studies, some of our interns have been hired by the companies with which they spent their internship. The programme is TEF’s way of contributing to the development of Jamaica’s human capital,” Mr. Harrison explained.

Meanwhile, the TPDCo will place 800 youngsters from across the island.

Coordinator, Marline Stephenson Dalley said the initiative, which started in 2009, targets youth 16 to 25 years old, placing them with public and private sector companies for three weeks, starting in July. They will also receive a weekly stipend.

She said as a pre-requisite, the participants must attend a one-day sensitisation workshop, where they are exposed to topics such as cultural awareness, customer service, and social graces.

According to Mrs. Stephenson Dalley “the support from corporate Jamaica has been tremendous. In fact we have companies that have been accepting interns from the first year and remained committed to the programme”.

She noted that a number of interns have also gained permanent employment based on their performance during internship.

Meanwhile, Eunice Delapenha, Coordinator of the CSJP’s Summer Diversion Programme, said 100 at-risk youth between 17 and 25 years old will be employed for three weeks.

The CSJP will host a one-week life skills seminar for the participants as well as engage their parents in sessions, which include conflict management, inter-personal relations, and communication. The seminar will prepare the participants for deployment to companies across the island.

Ms. Delapehna informed that the participants will be exposed to some aspects of operations in the world of work, while being paid a weekly stipend.

The CSJP is a multi-faceted initiative of the Ministry of National Security which focuses on building community safety and security, by providing crime and violence prevention services to dozens of vulnerable and volatile communities.

In the meantime, some 5,000 will benefit from the National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Employment programme.

Programme Coordinator, Shannon Ritchie said this year a special effort has been made to include participants from the disabled community. This she said forms part of the NYS’ efforts to make the programme as broad-based as possible, thereby including persons from all sectors of the society.

The NYS programme starts in early July and ends in August, with the participants also receiving a weekly stipend.