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The government has made $40 million available for the employment of approximately 4,600 secondary and tertiary level students under the 2005 National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Employment Programme.
Reverend Adinhair Jones, Executive Director of the NYS, made the announcement at the launching ceremony held on July 14 at Emancipation Park in Kingston.
He implored the students to make the best use of their placements, and perform well, the tasks assigned. “I encourage you therefore to go and make a mark in your placement,” he stated. He thanked the various public and private sector companies that have agreed to accommodate the students and appealed for others to come on board.
Courts, Digicel, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, Petrojam, Teen Herald, Digital Systems and Supplies, Bashco, Medical Associates Hospital and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), are among the companies that have partnered with the NYS this year.
In her remarks Education, Youth and Culture Minister, Maxine Henry Wilson, said the annual Summer Employment Programme was in keeping with the government’s thrust to provide opportunities for the country’s youth.
She charged the participants to be productive and to exhibit good manners and courtesies while on the job. “Good manners, punctuality, courtesy, respect for others; those are sterling qualities that will help you to make progress,” she stated.
Under the NYS’ annul summer programme, tertiary level and high school students from grades nine to 11, are recruited and placed in government and private sector enterprises for periods of up to three weeks and paid a stipend through the NYS office. Introduced in 2000, the initiative is geared towards assisting the most needy students to meet some of their back to school expenses.
Now in its fifth year, the programme had provided some 24,000 temporary jobs for students at a cost of $2.1 billion.