Related Articles

Minister Pickering joins in youth employment initiative

GIS - Thursday, February 9th, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering speaking at the opening ceremony of the Job and Career Fair on February 9.

Thursday, February 9 – Youth employment continues to be critically important to the Government of the Virgin Islands; as such Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr. the Honourable Kedrick Pickering joined Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron Walwyn this morning at the opening ceremony of the Job and Career Fair.

The job and career fair is part of the education ministry’s Youth Unemployment Register (YUR) initiative aimed at addressing unemployment through promoting self-improvement and self-empowerment of the youth.

In his remarks during the opening ceremony Honourable Pickering said, “I stand with the Minister for Education and Culture on this journey to ensure that all who are serious about their future and have a vision but need someone to help make it a reality because I see endless possibilities for the youth of this Territory.” Honourable Pickering assured the youth that his ministry through the Labour Department is working diligently to set up an employment division to assist individuals who are seeking employment.

Minister Pickering said the responsibilities of this division will include sourcing the job market, ensuring that the message is publicised to those in search for employment and making sure that job opportunities are put on the market in a way to encourage others to notice if they meet the criteria. “I encourage the young people to stay focus and be determined as we will work diligently on our end to ensure that whatever needs to be done will be done so that all may find a meaningful job,” Minister Pickering expressed.

Other speakers included Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn, Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Ministry of Education and Culture Ag. Permanent Secretary Dr. Marcia Potter, Co-Facilitator Mrs. Judith Vanterpool, BCQS Representative Mr. Denny Hodge, and Respondent on behalf of Registrants Ms. Hakeema Matthew.

The Government of the Virgin Islands is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the youth by making sure they are equipped with the necessary skills or experiences to obtain many available positions being offered. Government is opening the door to opportunities that allow youth to determine their own destiny.

This article was posted in its entirety as received by bvinews.com. This media house does not correct any spelling or grammatical error within press releases and commentaries. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of bvinews.com, its sponsors or advertisers.



4 Comments

Disclaimer: BVI News and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the comments below or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any public forum. All comments posted on BVINews.com reflect the views and opinions of the commentators and not that of the management and staff. Click here for our full comment/user policy/ agreement.

  1. critic
    February 10, 2012
    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    why ndp only want to blame andrew and not stoutt who was the principal?

    Reply to this comment
  2. Concerns
    February 9, 2012
    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    This is a good initiative. However, you needed to get the Health Deapartment involved. Get people from all the health areas to commit to hiring some of these young people. Assistant nurses, social workers, pharmacists, such to give a few examples. Our health system is where the help is really needed and where we need to start training our people. We are in the process of building a new hospital. Myron move towards this. Get Ronnie on board. He is sleeping.

    Reply to this comment
    • ooooo
      February 10, 2012
      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

      thats why vip wanted the medical school

      Reply to this comment
    • Present
      February 13, 2012
      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

      Health Services Authority was present at the fair and got a good response from the young people

      Reply to this comment