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  • More job placement opportunities have been opened up for young people who will be participating in the National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Job Programme.
  • This has resulted from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed on April 23, between the NYS and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ).
  • Under the MOU, the NYS will be able to recruit participants for private sector placement under their existing programmes and initiatives through the PSOJ, while the business grouping will market relevant NYS programmes to its members.

More job placement opportunities have been opened up for young people who will be participating in the National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Job Programme.

This has resulted from a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which was signed on April 23, between the NYS and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ).

Under the MOU, the NYS will be able to recruit participants for private sector placement under their existing programmes and initiatives through the PSOJ, while the business grouping will market relevant NYS programmes to its members.

Addressing the signing ceremony at the PSOJ offices on Hope Road, in St. Andrew, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the partnership is “going to be invaluable to our young people, and it is going to be a game changer in the way that young people understand the world of work.”

Miss Hanna also urged young people to learn valuable lessons from privately run businesses. “Look to the private sector, not only to learn new avenues and approaches, but how you create a job, and how you take care of your own productivity in that world of work, and what it takes to drive a business,” she said.

For his part, President of the PSOJ, William Mahfood, said it makes good business sense to position young people in business operation, and “this programme is one of those that I encourage all the private sector companies to participate in as much as possible.”

He noted that the skills the young people will acquire from the placements are skills that they will need to function in all the industries that are keeping the economy afloat.

“If they can get some of these fundamental skills at an early age, this prepares them for the work world in the future, as well as their tertiary training,” the PSOJ head said.

The NYS Summer Programme is a three-week work orientation programme, which is geared towards enlightening young persons, aged 17 to 24, about key employability skills.

The placement period occurs in two phases, July 6 to 24, and August 10 to 28.