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Benefits Of A National Apprenticeship System
18 October 2017

Benefits Of A National Apprenticeship System

This summer, the National Youth Service (NYS) placed approximately 25,000 young people in internships across the island. Last year, the target was approximately 15,000, which suggests that the Government sees the value of these internships and the positive impact they have on both youth and employers and is trying to ensure that more of our young people get the opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile initiative.

NEO Jamaica Commences Life Skills Training Workshops
18 October 2017

NEO Jamaica Commences Life Skills Training Workshops

Soft skills, otherwise known as life skills, which include employability or work-readiness skills, are seen both locally and globally as being essential to adequately prepare young people for the work world and also to prepare them to be globally competitive.

Need to improve labour market forecasting
18 October 2017

Need to improve labour market forecasting

LAST MONTH, a Gleaner article referenced stakeholders from St Elizabeth who were complaining about the shortage of highly skilled workers such as language specialists, welders, and farm specialists, especially in light of the reopening of the Alpart plant.

Coming Together For Effective Youth Development
18 October 2017

Coming Together For Effective Youth Development

As youth development specialists have been saying for many years, Jamaica's youth is at a crisis and a crossroads. At the same time, they are very much victims as they are perpetrators of most crimes committed in Jamaica. According to the UNDP Caribbean Human Development Report 2012, Jamaica has the highest number of youth convicted of crime in the region. How can we therefore reduce their vulnerabilities and tap into their potential as a nation, and utilise it to the sustainable development of our island economy?
My Hands-On Experience in a NEO Internship in the Dominican Republic
29 September 2017

My Hands-On Experience in a NEO Internship in the Dominican Republic

As happens too often in Latin America, youth in my home country, the Dominican Republic, have access only to poor quality technical and technological education. Our training institutions do not provide the necessary tools and methodologies to prepare us for an increasingly demanding job market. When we complete our studies, we are left without direction.

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