PRESS RELEASE: In an effort to assist young people of the Virgin Islands with employment opportunities in light of the recent passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Youth Employment Services programme has launched ‘YES – Ah looking ah Wuk’ to assist in this regard.
The programme will provide young people with entrepreneurial opportunities in technical areas inclusive of construction, plumbing, painting, electrical works, and landscaping that would assist residents with their rebuilding efforts.
Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V Walwyn believes that initiatives like YES – Ah looking ah Wuk come at an opportune time when young people can render services that are critical to the rebuilding of the Virgin Islands.
“Due to the passage of the hurricanes, some of our young people may have been facing great difficulty with seeking employment,” Walwyn said.
“Recognising this, the coordinator of the Youth Employment Services programme and I sought to find a way to assist our young people with employment and YES – Ah looking ah Wuk provides them with the perfect opportunity to render these services as we seek to rebuild the Territory.”
Walwyn continued: “This is certainly an opportunity for our young people to seize and it is important that we continue to work along with them to ensure that they recognise these opportunities and make the most out of this disaster.”
Coordinator of the Youth Employment Services programme, Ms Rochelle Lawrence believes that young people possess the skills that are necessary to ensure that the initiative is a success.
“Young people now have the opportunity to be their own employers and they are very much eager to assist in the rebuilding of the Virgin Islands,” Lawrence said.
“We also need the community to support this initiative, and give our young people a chance to make their contribution.”
Persons with the relevant skills are being asked to send a message to the YES – Ah looking ah Wuk’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YES – ‘Ah looking ah Wuk’ with their specialised area of interest, contact details, and price to utilise their services.
Similarly, persons seeking skilled labour are also encouraged to send a message to the YES – Ah looking ah Wuk’s Facebook page with the desired service that they are interested in. The Youth Employment Services coordinator, Ms Rochelle Lawrence can be contacted on 284-499-9944 or [email protected]
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