Minister of Youth Justina Charles is commending the efforts of the Youth Development Division for what she said is its continued efforts at training young people on the island.

Charles told the 38th graduation ceremony of the Youth Development Division this week that for any program to have survived for 29 years, means that the government has invested a substantial amount of financial resources into it.

According to Charles, government has also invested into several aspects of youth development in Dominica.

“Do not allow that investment to go to waste. The skills training program has enabled young men and women to acquire training that will enable them to be creative and self-employed,” she told members of the graduating class.

Charles said between 2008 and 2009, youth unemployment increased from seven to eight percent and recent reports indicate that youth unemployment within the region is high and dangerous to social stability.

The Youth Development Division Skills Training Program has been funded by the government since 1989 and a total of 6,423 young men and women have been trained so far.