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A total of 210 young persons in Portland will be employed in the Summer Employment Programme of the National Youth Service (NYS).
Some 160 young persons are currently employed for the July period of the programme, while another 50 persons will be engaged for August.
Recruitment was carried out among students at the grade nine level in schools up to the tertiary level. The main aims of the programme are to enable young people to gain work experience, and to provide money to assist with back-to-school expenses.
Corporate Service Officer for Region Two of the NYS, Warren Francis, told JIS News that the students have been placed in Government and private business enterprises in the parish.
Mr. Francis pointed out that the programme was in its sixth year of operation, with the amount of participants recruited this year being the largest since its inception.
He noted that the placement of the participants was carefully done to ensure that they were as close to their communities as possible, in order to reduce travelling expenses. He added that the feedback on their performances has been favourable, with the vast majority described as doing well.
Mr. Francis said the NYS was pleased to be able to sponsor the programme, and that the increasing number of persons applying to participate, was a clear indication that it was successfully meeting its aims and objectives. Several of the participants also spoke to JIS News, and relayed their gratitude to the NYS for the assistance it was providing through the programme, encouraged Jamaicans to support the NYS to better enable the organisation to help the young people of Jamaica.