Approximately 1200 unemployed youths are expected to benefit from the recently launched OECS (Grenada) Skills for Inclusive Growth programme.
The programme is geared at increasing job related competencies through relevant training which will give the participants the necessary skills to enter the job market.
This project will run for five years (2009-2013) and is funded by the World Bank in the amount of US$4.5 million dollars.
In delivering the feature address Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas says there is a renewed focus for skills training within the Western Hemisphere between many stakeholders including the World Bank which helps to foster positive attitudes among the youths.
Minister of Education Senator the Hon. Franka Bernadine told the gathering that this programme should provide renewed hope for young people who are seeking opportunities to move ahead. She also says that once training is completed participants will receive a skills certificate which will be compliant with the rest of the caribbean making them CSME compliant and ready.
This is a training as needed project so therefore areas of need will be identified and training will be provided to fit into the particular job opportunity.