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Youngsters tell businesses: Give us a chance

Kadeon Potter

Two teens registered under the government’s Youth Employment Services (YES) programme – Chemoia Hodge and Kadeon Potter – this week appealed for entrepreneurs to throw their support behind YES and help find jobs for young people in the territory.

Of the 181 youths registered under YES, 68 are still unemployed, according to Coordinator of the programme Rochelle Lawrence.

The job-seeking initiative caters to persons between the ages of 15 and 29.

The first call for more support came from Potter, a recent graduate of the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), who has secured employment with the Water and Sewerage Department through YES.

“What I thought would only be a few months of work at the department turned into my contract being further extended because of my hard work and diligence on the job. I will be a full-time employee at the end of the month,” he told an audience of predominantly young people at a job fair hosted this week by YES. Potter enrolled in the YES programme last November.

While thanking the companies that already have teamed up with YES, the 19-year-old further said: “I also encourage other businesses to partner with YES to provide other young people with job opportunities.”

Chemoia Hodge

A similar appeal came from a YES new-comer, Hodge, who is approaching her final year at HLSCC. “Other companies that have not signed on to become YES employers, the young people of the Virgin Islands are depending on you, and all we need is a chance to be able to prove ourselves,” she said.

Hodge joined YES roughly three weeks ago.

“We are appealing to you [business owners] to give us the opportunity to prove that we are capable and [that we] possess the skill-set and discipline to get the job done. We are willing to assist in the development of your business. Give us a chance,” Hodge further said.

She, like Potter, encouraged young job seekers to put their best foot forward when they become employed.

“Make good use of the investment that has been made in our development,” Hodge advised. “As we are given various employment opportunities – participants, I am encouraging you to give it 100 percent of you effort.”

Roughly 25 businesses already have signed on to the YES programme.

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  1. & 1 says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 14 Thumb down 7

    Don’t speak to businesses, speak to your Government. They seem to think by making it harder for work permits that you guys will get more jobs but obviously that is not the case and will never be the case. Permits don’t just affect non-belongers, it affects local business owners as well. Businesses that want to expand but that cannot fill key positions that may require outside expertise will not be able to hire locals. Common sense is not common anymore it seems.

    • liz says:

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      It is not a matter of being belongers or not re work permit. While some of the companies are willing to give the young persons a chance for employment, what is happening is that they are so very immature and no matter how you try to give chances after chances, they are just not cutting it.

      Most of them are using their cellphones on jobs and on the internet constantly. They have no sense of the working world.

      They need crash courses on what is expected in the work world. You can speak to some of them and some you cannot. Many times, employers have no choice but to get rid of them.

    • Nonsense says:

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      Bull! The key word is expertise and government through labour should be able to make sound decisions where this is concerned because a lot of jobs for which work permits are issued need no damn special expertise.

  2. CONFUSED MUCH says:

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  3. Lilly says:

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    You are right. A lot of it is cheap labour and expats looking out for expats and they will lie from hell and back to get what they want. It is government who must take a stance.

  4. Well says:

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    I am a business owner and have been defending our young people for years but today I can say, most of them really don’t want to work. They enjoy having their parents support them.

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