Youth begin job training under apprenticeship programme

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 2:25 PM

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St George’s, Grenada, 8 June, 2011:  Young people involved in the Grenada Youth Apprenticeship Programme (GYAP) have begun taking up placements in the private and public sectors.

GYAP, which was recently launched as a component of the Grenada Youth Upliftment Programme, provides on-the-job training for young people between the ages of 18 and 35.

During the week ending June 11, at least 200 young people will be placed in areas such as hospitality, agriculture, secretarial, and auto mechanic, said Asheida Charles of the Ministry of Youth Empowerment.

Charles, Employment Officer responsible for GYAP placements, said 30 roving caregivers are also expected to obtain opportunities for working.  So far, 15 have been placed and another 15 will gain working experience from June 15 in the parishes of St David and St Andrew. 

In addition, 30 youth will be assigned placements in the field of geriatric care: 24 on mainland Grenada, four in Carriacou and two in Petite Martinique.

The latest placements are in addition to 50 who previously had found job training opportunities in the public and private sectors.

Youth Coordinator Kevin Andall has high hopes for the programme, saying the demand for the trainees is great.  

“There’s a need among businesses and the public sector,’’ he said.  “The trainees need to receive the training.  All we need to do is channel this in the right path and the results will be attained.’’ 

Mr. Andall complimented the GYAP team – a coordinator, employment officers and monitoring officers – for their insight and efficiency.





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