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  • The National Youth Service (NYS) has extended the application period for its Summer Job Programme to May1.
  • The summer programme is aiming to accommodate some 5000 young people this year.
  • The NYS Summer Programme is geared towards enlightening young persons, aged 17 to 24, about key employability skills.

The National Youth Service (NYS) has extended the application period for its Summer Job Programme to May1.

The summer programme is aiming to accommodate some 5000 young people this year.

Application is open to persons aged 17-24, with 10 per cent of the 5000 spaces set aside for persons with disability. Eligibility for the Programme includes a minimum of three Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) subjects.

“The application forms for persons with disability, they are yellow forms,” stated Deputy Director of Community Services at the NYS, Nickeisha Lindsay, during an interview with JIS News.

Miss Lindsay is advising that if persons encounter challenges in obtaining the yellow forms at the NYS Regional Offices, they should contact the head office at 754-9816-8, and where organizations need to place persons on the Programme, they will facilitate the dispatching of the forms.

Explaining the application exercise, the NYS Deputy Director noted that “you have to apply, you have to be interviewed, and then you go through an orientation process.”

“It usually includes presentation of personal development information, where we introduce you to personal development skills and professional work environment ethics,” she said.

Recently the NYS and the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) entered into a partnership to strengthen the Summer Programme, which is a three week work orientation programme.

The NYS Summer Programme 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.