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Some $23 million was generated from partnerships with 168 private sector companies, in which the National Youth Service (NYS) successfully delivered customized training in 2004/05, Dr. Donald Rhodd, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture has said.
Making his contribution to the 2005/06 Sectoral Debate in the House on Tuesday (June 28), he noted that as part of its private sector initiative, the NYS has been approaching companies with a view to offering them customized training.
“The result is that the organization is fulfilling the human resource needs of companies at a charge. I must underscore that this programme is more than about making the money. It is about creating and expanding initiatives and one of these initiatives is diversification of its funding base, with a view to ensuring sustainability,” he said.
The State Minister also noted that groundwork has been completed regarding the establishment of a Foundation, which would source and feed funds into youth programmes.
He pointed out that the corporate image of the NYS would be enhanced with the physical appearance and capacity of parish offices being upgraded with a focus to becoming more customer-oriented. There would also be heightened visibility and marketability.
“Our youth have indicated that the NYS was more visible over the last year. This was made possible through a public relations drive and for the period under review, the mass media coverage of events and policy related issues improved significantly with the objective of being more accessible to customers,” the State Minister said.
Dr. Rhodd also announced the expansion of Corps and new initiatives. “New Corps have been recently added to the menu, that is a Customer Care Corps and the sales and Administration Corps. These corps specifically seek partnerships with private sector companies, strategically seeking their expertise and support, while they benefit from receiving trained and employable personnel,” he explained.
There is also an international exchange programme between Canada and Jamaica. Jamaican participants went to Grand Falls, Windsor, and Newfoundland, while those persons to Jamaica stayed in Clarks Town in Trelawny. “This has been an effective empowerment exercise for our youth. They have been exposed to an understanding of different cultures, literacy and how to approach the work environment,” Dr. Rhodd said.