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  • The Ministry of Youth and Culture through its agency the National Youth Service (NYS) has officially launched its Graduate Work Experience Programme (GWEP).
  • The programme will provide college graduates with the necessary work experience to increase their chances of finding employment.
  • The work experience programme will assist with the creation of a cadre of committed, professional and employable young people.

The Ministry of Youth and Culture through its agency the National Youth Service (NYS) has officially launched its Graduate Work Experience Programme (GWEP). The programme will provide college graduates with the necessary work experience to increase their chances of finding employment. The launch took place at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in Kingston on Thursday, February 6, 2014.

Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna, who delivered the main address, said the work experience programme will assist with the creation of a cadre of committed, professional and employable young people.

“It’s no longer important for you to be good enough, you really have to be the best at what you do because jobs are available everywhere in the world and everyone is competing against each other and the NYS understands that concept and that is why new programmes are being rolled out,” said Minister Hanna.

The Minister explained that the programmes now being rolled out by the NYS are part of plans by the Ministry of Youth and Culture to return the NYS to its original mandate of positively impacting the growth and development of Jamaica’s youth. Minister Hanna says the NYS is a critical partner in achieving vision 2030.

“At the end of the day whether we want to believe it or not, for young people to want to live here, do business and raise families, they will need an income to do it,” explained the Youth Minister.

Noting that young people are less likely to get a job than an adult, the Youth Minister said the task of job creation and workplace training has to be the responsibility of both the private and public sectors. According to Minister Hanna “if we all work together crime will be reduced, you will also see a more productive work sector and you will also see a set of young persons who are motivated about being productive citizens in their country.”

The Graduate Work Experience Programme is open to graduates who possess a first degree or an associate degree and who have minimal or no work experience in their area of study. Successful applicants will be placed on internship for a period of 6 months and will have to participate in a project of volunteerism during their internship. All interested graduates can apply by submitting their resumes at gwep@nysjamaica.org. They can also contact the Placement Services Co-coordinator or Programmes Manager of the National Youth Service at 7754-9816-8