NYS Introduces Work Experience Project for Tertiary Graduates

Photo: JIS Photographer Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, listens as Executive Director, National Youth Service (NYS), Melvin Smith (right), addresses a press briefing held at the agency’s Collins Green Avenue offices in Kingston in April, to launch the NYS Summer Employment Programme. Chairman of the NYS Board, Maureen Webber, was also in attendance.

Story Highlights

  • GWEP to assist tertiary-level graduates to gain job experience
  • Each participant will receive a stipend to offset expenses incurred
  • Participants must be between 17 and 24 years old

Graduates of tertiary institutions, who have had a difficult time finding jobs, due to lack of work experience, are to benefit from much-needed assistance through the National Youth Service (NYS).

The organisation recently launched a pilot Graduate Work Experience Project (GWEP) to assist tertiary-level graduates to gain job experience at private and public sector entities.

Executive Director of the NYS, Melvin Smith said the pilot has started with a group of 11 persons, who are working at the NYS in areas of programmes, marketing, finance and human resource, and office management.

He said the NYS is in discussion with private entities to garner their support for the project. “Based on the results (of the pilot), we will determine how we roll it out nationally and to our private sector partners,” he informed.

Expounding on the benefits of the project, Mr. Smith said that not only will the participants gain the required job skills, but the businesses will benefit from the meaningful work undertaken by the young people.

Participants must be between 17 and 24 years old, and a recent graduate of a tertiary institution or has completed all courses and is waiting to graduate.

Mr. Smith said that each participant will receive a stipend to offset transportation and other expenses incurred.  “Of course, as we go forward, we will be looking at ways of enriching the programme to see whether or not private sector partners would be willing and able to assist with the stipend or assist us to increase the stipend,” he said.

Established in 1973, the NYS seeks to implement programmes for the development of the youth.

 

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