Government’s national programme to provide young people with work experience and make them more marketable to employers should be up and running by January next year.
Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, says the initiative, called job start plus, will give young people between 16 and 24 twelve months on-the-job experience.
He explains its part of government’s youth employment framework.
When coupled with the Barbados Youth Advanced Corps, which Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley announced last week, will provide training for between two and four thousand young people annually.
Minister Jordan was speaking as he and Home Affairs Minister Edmund Hinkson hosted their annual tour of Parliament for constituents who recently graduated from primary school.
He says job start plus will start with a budget of five million dollars but its success will depend on partnerships with privately owned businesses and trades people.
To that end, government is planning to issue a call for plumbers, joiners, and other skilled artisans interested in employing participants.