Monday 26 October, 2020

Ministry not horsing around with youth unemployment

Participants interested and excited.

Participants interested and excited.

Participants in the new Jockey Training Project will be afforded numerous employment opportunities and will graduate certified, skilled and fully prepared to enter the modern world of work.

The Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley said that the effort of the ministry and the HORSE Charity by way of this project is to reduce unemployment amongst the youth in a serious way.


Pleased with the interest shown by young adults to register, the Minister feels as though this new avenue is but one way to reduce the number of unemployed young people and improve safety on island.

“The project has the capacity to generate employment for participants in a field where there are diverse opportunities. From employment as a stable hand, groom, horse exerciser, tour guide and jockey; participants will be able to ply their new craft to exploit opportunities throughout CARICOM countries, North America and the United Kingdom...

“This exercise, therefore, provides opportunities for beneficiaries to earn a living locally or overseas, enhance their standard of living and contribute significantly to the local economy.”

More than being taught the skills necessary, they will come away more developed holistically as well.

“Apart from creating employment, other anticipated outcomes of the project will include preparing participants to cope with life challenges through their exposure to the life skills components that will help them make informed decisions to enhance their personal development,” said Lashley.  

The Minister posited that once engaged in the project “there will be less time available to be exposed or engaged in anti-social behaviours that could lead to their interaction with the criminal justice system… Our young people desire the benefits of decent work if they are to contribute to a stable and peaceful society.”

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The Minister reaffirmed the serious commitment towards the development of the young people in Barbados.

“Through this project, Government has reaffirmed its commitment to providing training and windows of opportunity.

 “To complement this training, all participants in the Galloping Ahead Project will be exposed to life skills education exercises. Of the 60 hours allocated, five of these will be dedicated to exposure to life skills education. One hour each will be an introduction to modules in Health Education (including HIV); Conflict Resolution; Substance Abuse Prevention, Time Management and Personal Development.  Skilled personnel will be utilised to facilitate these modules and will constitute HIV Educators from among Youth Commissioners, staff from the National Council for Substance Abuse (NCSA) and a cadre of private professionals to deliver specialist modules.”

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