Government helping young Bajans get job experience, stipend, skills
Job Start participants at the opening ceremony.
- by Daveny Ellis
Around 60 young people, between ages 16 and 24, stand to benefit from training being provided by the Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations this week.
The Ministry, through its Job Start Plus initiative, opened its training workshop to familiarize this first cohort of Barbados' youth about this new program that aims to provide them with valuable workplace skills and knowledge.
The program is being held on the 1st Floor Warrens Office Complex, St Michael, from Monday, December 9, and is expected to run until Friday, December 13. It is six hours of training and education, from 9 am to 3 pm daily.
Training will focus on workforce preparation and personal development skills and will include areas such as Effective Communication; Personal Branding; Work Ethics; Resume Writing; Effective Job Search Strategies and Interview Techniques.
Minister of Labour, Colin Jordan delivered the welcome remarks at the start of the training saying he was happy to offer these opportunities to young people and give them the chance to make something of themselves.
"As young people grow they want to be self-reliant so the ministry has taken the step to assist young people."
Furthermore, he said that this initiative should help young persons navigate around the 'work experience demand' that acts as a hurdle for many seeking employment. He said, that the ministry understands, "The lack of work experience is difficult for young people to attain jobs."
Minister Jordan went on to say that his ministry believes that youth unemployment is a challenge for the country, quoting figures from 2017 that put three out of every 10 young people in the country as being unemployed.
Participants will be offered a stipend of $150 once the program begins and Minister Jordan stressed to the group to pay attention to their communication, punctuality and attire.
However, he made mention that not every young person will have the resources for the right attire and this program will also assist those who do need financial assistance.