A programme geared at enabling out of school and unemployed youths ages 15-29 to acquire education and training necessary to prepare them for the world of work was launched on Tuesday by the Ministry of Education.

The Youth Skills Development Program which was launched at a ceremony at the National Insurance Services Training Room also involves former prison inmates.

Addressing the launch, Local Coordinator of the program, Mr. Kenneth King said the program will offer several courses including electrical installation, data operations and welding.

Mr. King says the participants will also be exposed to training in literacy, numeracy and communication skills. At the end of the programme they will be given a certificate that will allow for them to be employed not only locally, but regionally and internationally.

The programme is being implemented in collaboration with the College of Rockies and the Department for International Development (DFID) of Canada and other agencies in the Caribbean region.

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