JIS News

The final in a series of Youth Opportunity Fairs being staged by the National Youth Service (NYS), in collaboration with HEART Trust/ NTA, was held on April 21 at The Meeting Place on Howard Cooke Boulevard in Montego Bay.
Held under the theme ‘Empowering the nation’s youth through information’, the Montego Bay fair targeted young people between the ages of 17 to 29 years, who are not attending an educational institution and are unemployed. One of the aims of the fairs is to expose approximately 7,000 young persons to various career opportunities that are available in their respective communities.
Over 300 youngsters who attended the Montego Bay fair viewed presentations from numerous private and public sector entities, and participated in sessions which dealt with subject areas such as; Goal Setting, Individual Career Plan, Generating Ideas and Entrepreneurship.
Speaking with JIS News, Corporate Services Manager with NYS, Carlando Francis, pointed out that the series of events across the island were successful with good attendance in each parish.
“To date, it has been fairly successful. We have had large turnouts in St. Catherine, in Kingston, and most of the other parishes. Initially, we had some problems with the mobilisation, but it has been catching on, and is now very successful,” he said.
He described the participation from the private sector as overwhelming, pointing out that several organisations and companies have been attending the fairs, and sharing information with the youngsters in attendance. He said that the participation of the private sector had been encouraging as they spurred the young people to think about where they wanted to go, and how they could get there.
With the Montego Bay event culminating the series of fairs across the island, Mr. Francis said that an assessment of the fairs would follow, which would have a bearing on the staging of similar events in the future.

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