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  • Some 30 persons will begin a Graduate Work Experience Programme on Monday, November 18, at public and private institutions.
  • The programme is organised by the NYS for graduates from 17 to 24 years of age with an opportunity to develop workplace skills.
  • A participant must be between 17 and 24 years old, be a recent graduate of a tertiary institution or has completed all courses.

Some 30 persons will begin a Graduate Work Experience Programme (GWEP) on Monday, November 18, at public and private institutions in the eastern parishes.

The programme, organised by the National Youth Service (NYS), is designed to provide graduates from 17 to 24 years of age with an opportunity to develop workplace skills, while increasing self confidence and developing their ability to apply theory to practical work experience.

The initiative began as a six-month pilot project at NYS offices, where 11 persons were engaged in several areas of operation, mainly finance and accounts, marketing and communication, office management, procurement and in programmes.

Executive Director of the NYS, Melvin Smith, told JIS News that the rollout of the programme results from the successful completion of the pilot, held from February to August this year.

He said the idea to start the programme came about due to the difficulty experienced by tertiary level graduates in finding jobs, because of the lack of experience.

“We wanted to provide an avenue to assist graduates to gain some of this work experience, so they can be more easily absorbed into the marketplace where jobs are available,” Mr. Smith explained.

He pointed out that by the end of December another batch of about 100 persons will begin the programme, while others will be engaged during the last quarter of the fiscal year.

The Executive Director said the NYS has identified the need for over 200 job placements and about 250 graduates who are desirous of participating in the programme.

A participant must be between 17 and 24 years old, be a recent graduate of a tertiary institution or has completed all courses and is waiting to graduate to enter the programme.

Mr. Smith said that not only will the participants gain the required job skills, but the businesses will benefit from the meaningful work undertaken by the young people.

He pointed out that each participant will receive a stipend to offset transportation and other expenses.

Established in 1973, the NYS, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, seeks to implement programmes for the development of the youth.