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Cabinet has approved the implementation of a Special Youth Employment and Training Project (SYEAT) to be spearheaded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, in collaboration with several other agencies and institutions.
Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing, held at Jamaica House today, (June 4), Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange, said that the project has been designed as a short term labour market intervention to promote youth employment, skills training and overall youth development as part of efforts to address the situation of vulnerable and at risk youth in the society.
“The specific activities of the project will include training in literacy and numeracy skills, skills training and certification, apprenticeship and job placements mainly for unattached youth,” Miss Grange informed.
Organizations that will assist with the project are: the HEART Trust/NTA; the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL); the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) along with other private sector groups such as the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce; the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU); the Incorporated Master Builders Association of Jamaica (IMAJ); the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD); and the National Youth Service (NYS).
“It (the project) is expected to contribute to the national goal of increased employment and is aimed at providing decent and productive work for 10,000 persons at a rate of 2,500 per year for four years,” the Minister noted.
Permanent Secretary in the Information Ministry, Faith Innerarity, in her remarks, cited statistics which indicated that 52 per cent of all unemployed first-time job seekers, who are mainly young persons, have no formal educational qualifications.
In addition, 64 per cent of the unemployed labour force have not benefited from formal training.
“When we look at this, within the competitive context within the global world, it is essential to ensure that our young persons and our labour force in general, are appropriately equipped, hence the emphasis on training in order to improve one’s job prospects, and essentially, this is where this programme is focused,” she noted.
The Permanent Secretary further said that individuals will go through an evaluation process by the HEART Trust. “They will assess the persons to see exactly what their needs are,” Mrs. Innerarity added.
The projected investment for this human resource development initiative is $37.54 million.