One in every two unemployed young locals in the British Virgin Islands will soon receive job opportunities.
Premier Andrew Fahie said this is one of his administration’s soon-to-be-implemented initiatives for the territory’s youth. It will be done over the next five years.
“As a means of facilitating youth employment, we are proposing to partner with private business to employ our youth, for which we will cover 10
“This initiative is one of many ways that we will significantly assist with your government’s commitment of 1,000 jobs in 1,000 days.”
Premier Fahie said a more detailed outline of the programme will be forthcoming in the next 30 days. The initiative, in the meantime, will also have a training component.
The leader of government business said funds have already been allocated for training of these persons at various levels in the marine sector.
“Between 18 and 35 years are some of the most productive time in anybody’s lives. We cannot continue to waste our most powerful resource if we have to build an economy in which people can reach their full potential.”
During the 2019 election campaign season, Fahie said his party — the VIP — would have target unemployment territory-wide. He said the party would find means to encourage and facilitate small business development.
“We hope to influence the establishment of a minimum of 20 small businesses each employing a minimum of five people,” Fahie said at the time.
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