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Some 6,000 spaces are available with the National Youth Service (NYS) Summer Employment Programme, and secondary and tertiary students, who wish to participate, have until Friday, May 4 to submit their applications.
Speaking with JIS News, Project Supervisor of the NYS Summer Employment Programme, Keisha Hines informed that the programme would be accommodating some 6,000 participants this year, compared with 4,571 last year.
“The budget for us this year has increased to $60 million, up from $50 million last year, hence we are able to expand the programme,” she explained.
Outlining the application process, Miss Hines pointed out that, “interested persons should submit letters of application along with their resumes to any NYS office islandwide, after which they will be contacted to attend an interview, at which point they will complete an application form.” The aim of the programme is to provide young people with work experience and exposure and also to assist those who are in need of financial assistance to return to school at the beginning of the new academic year.
“We also use the summer employment programme as a behaviour modification strategy. So, the entire application process helps to expose participants to the whole attitude and processes involved in getting a job,” she added.
The successful candidates will be placed in a number of private and public sector organisations as the NYS seeks to expose the participants to different types of working environments.
“We work with a wide range of organisations in both the private and public sectors. Last year we had over 200 organisations partnering with us and with the expanded focus of the NYS and the competition for spaces, we are looking to expand this year if possible,” she said.
Commenting on remuneration, the Project Supervisor pointed out that participants are normally placed in different categories according to the level they are at in school.
“Fourth and fifth formers are classified as secondary students and are therefore paid at a rate for secondary students, which is $3,000.00 per week. Sixth formers and college students are classified as tertiary students and are paid $3,500.00 per week,” she explained.
Continuing, she noted that persons applying to the NYS for the Summer Employment Programme should ensure that they have a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) and a valid identification card.
“In order to make payments to the participants, we introduce them to banking procedures and for this year, in order for participants to be able to secure a bank account, they will need to present a TRN and valid identification,” she explained, adding that “the TRN and ID are very integral to the entire process and participants should be able to satisfy the criteria for banks.”
The Summer Employment Programme, which will be conducted in two phases, with the first phase lasting from July 9 to 27 and the second phase from August 7 to 24, has been under the purview of the NYS since 2001.

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