Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, has said that the 500 participants in this year’s Steps-to-Work summer camp programme will receive further assistance in career development.
The State Minister was speaking at the launch of this year’s Steps-to-Work summer camp programme, at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, on July 12.
Mr. Gallimore explained that the objective of the programme was to assist students in their transition into other programmes for further development.
Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore and Executive Director of the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning, Dr. Allison Cross focused their attention on dancers from Lannaman’s Prep School, at the launch of the Ministry’s Steps-to-Work summer camp programme, at the University of the West Indies, on July 12.
“We are going to work with you, expose you and refer you to the Government agencies. Therefore, when this summer camp is over, you will not be sent back to your communities, but you will have referrals to schools, and Government entities,” the State Minister said.
He added that the participants in the summer camp will receive assistance in skills development, remediation, entrepreneurial training, job readiness and other development interventions aimed at making them active economic contributors to society.
The State Minister informed that participants in the programme have already been targeted to participate in the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), which is being administered by the HEART/Trust NTA, a training partner with the Ministry.
Participants chosen for this programme are from the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) household and have either left school, dropped out of school, or who are about to drop out of school, due to low school attendance patterns. Mr. Gallimore explained that through CAP, students who have left school with no certification or who have dropped out of schoo, will be able to acquire certification in any number of skill areas.
Minster of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, greets camper, Monique Campbell, at the launch of the Ministry’s Steps-to-Work summer camp programme, at the University of the West Indies, on July 12. Approximately 500 students will participate in this year’s programme.
The Steps-to-Work summer pilot programme started in 2008 in the parish of Trelawny. However, Mr. Gallimore said that due to the success of the project in Trelawny, the programme has now been expanded to six additional parishes.
“The camp was tested last year in Trelawny and it was so successful that we decided to have it in Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester and St. James this year,” he noted.
Mr. Gallimore said that the camp will be instrumental in giving students a second chance towards their future and encouraged the participants to make use of the opportunity.
“Your presence here this morning represent young people who are taking charge of their lives and I encourage you to embrace the opportunities that you have,” the State Minister said.
The Steps-to-Work programme is administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security under the PATH programme. Major services are provided through the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning, HEART Trust/ NTA, National Youth Service, and Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC).