Skills Training Program a major pillar to eradicating unemployment says Charles

Two hundred and 40 received certificates of completion at the ceremony

Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, Justina Charles, has stated that the Skills Training Program (STP) under the Youth Development Division remains a “major pillar” in the government’s thrust to eradicating youth unemployment.

Charles was speaking at the STP’s 44th graduation ceremony on Wednesday May 24th 2017 at the Arawak House of Culture, where 240 graduates were awarded certificates of completion.

According to her, the ability of the STP to have recorded a success rate of 58% employment in just one month is commendable.

“In this regard, we will all agree that during these challenging times, for a single program to achieve a success of fifty-eight percent employment within one month of training is commendable,” she stated.

Charles added that in taking into consideration the constraints of lack of skills in labor markets, the government is continuing efforts of investment into labor market program to assist these persons in becoming employed.

“The mismatch between the opportunities available in the labor market and the skills possessed by graduates can contribute significantly to the high rates of youth unemployment. Being cognizant of these characters, this government has not turned a blind eye to youth unemployment. Instead, government continues to make significant investments in a number of labor market programs which prepare youth for either wage or self employment,” she said.

She said that in establishing programs that ease the burden of the labor markets, proper research must be done.

“We must identify where the need is so that we can do programs that will address those need in the labor markets,” she stated.

Charles encouraged the graduates to testify of their accomplishments under the training programs to their friends so as to stir up motivation within them to participate and get trained as well. This in itself will keep a constant flow of persons participating in the various labor market programs, she noted.

“That is how you can help your friends and your colleagues. Tell them about it, so at least that can stir up the interest and motivate them to want to come and participate in those programs. Testify of the benefits,” she remarked.

The Skills Training Program has been in existence for 35 years.


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  1. jeff Francis
    May 26, 2017

    so why not develop the skills industry ?

    why push a NEP?


  2. freshwaterlake
    May 25, 2017

    nonsense. It willl help with the operation of your business. but if you dont have collateral or land or assets to start your business all those skills may be useless. year in year out consultants get rich off skill training. The economy is still at a stand still. the horse is dead, why keep beating it.
    the people need to start being productive.

  3. Roger Burnett
    May 25, 2017

    The skills training program is a positive initiative, but I wish it could go deeper. Moreover, I wish that those who become fully skilled could command greater respect and value. I stress “fully skilled” because real skills cannot be acquired in six weeks or six months.

    Skills are difficult enough to master, and all the more difficult when there are no masters left to teach. I was fortunate in serving my engineering apprenticeship in the 1950’s at the feet of highly skilled men.

    Later in life I struggled (and I continue to struggle) to learn the even more difficult and specialised skills of figurative sculpture – from the initial clay to the final bronze cast – after the last of the master sculptors had left this earth. Fortunately, one such master had made notes of his working methods. Those notes are my bible.

    As a final word of advice to trainees: you can tell a skilled man by his tools and the state of his workshop!

  4. LifeandDeath
    May 25, 2017

    Yes True that..but Dominica don’t have an unemployment issue,.. right?

  5. DomiChina
    May 25, 2017

    a fresh line of light coming from the island is a god thing

  6. Hendricks ismael
    May 25, 2017

    Skills training program is a major pillar to eradicating unemployment says Charles . Bravo miss Charles , good start continue with more job creation projects , people have to be trained to create some of the jobs themselves , give them the tools and resources to do that . Congratulations on a good start .

  7. lightbulb
    May 25, 2017

    That is very true. We must praise our own efforts: both the government and the participants. The impact of adult education and skills training workshops performed in Dominica are clear. This is not an endorsement of the current government, but an applause of us. We have to look at our institutions which have worked, and continue to invest in them. For example, the JSP program should not have languished, but..

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