JIS News

Some 300 students from the parishes of St. James and Hanover, who are slated to benefit under the National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Employment Programme, participated in an orientation exercise yesterday (July 12) at the St. John’s Methodist Church Hall in Montego Bay.
The exercise was scheduled for last week, but was postponed due to the passage of Hurricane Dennis.Under the NYS’ annul summer programme, tertiary level and high school students from grades nine to 11, are recruited and placed in government and private sector enterprises for periods of up to three weeks and paid a stipend through the NYS office.
The programme, which is in its fifth year of existence, is geared towards assisting the most needy students across the island to meet some of their back to school expenses.
Omar Steer, NYS Regional Corporate Services Officer, told JIS News that the orientation session was geared towards preparing the students for the world of work. “We make presentations to them to give them an idea of how to handle conflicts at the work place,” he said, adding that issues such as punctuality, deportment and other relevant aspects of a working environment, were also addressed.
He noted that the business community had “responded tremendously” by opening up their offices to accommodate the students, but invited more private sector companies “to come on board and be a part of this programme”.
Regional Sales Director for MiPHONE, Rosemarie Donaldson-Ivey, who addressed the orientation session, urged the students to strive to adopt a professional approach to work.
She told them to always give their best effort towards any task to which they are assigned, to ensure that their employers received value for money.Donaldson-Ivey also stressed the importance of punctuality and abiding by proper dress code while on the job.
A total of 170 students from St. James and 130 from Hanover participated in the exercise. They are expected to begin working on Monday, July 18.
Mr. Steer told JIS News, that if resources allowed, a second batch of students would be recruited as soon as this first group had completed their three-week stint.

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