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The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and the Third Sector will relaunch its Job Start Plus, the National First Job Initiative, next month.

The relaunch ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 4, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, from 10:00 a.m.  

A key objective of this event will be to increase the visibility of this critical initiative that seeks to provide opportunities for young persons, aged 16 to 24, to gain up to 48 weeks of work experience to enhance their employability and facilitate their productive engagement in society.

Job Start Plus will provide developmental interventions such as world of work (WOW) training, career planning, and core skills development.

In spite of the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, over the past two years or more, the programme has benefitted several young persons, including the latest cohort, which just completed the WOW training and career planning.  These young men and women will also be awarded at the relaunch.

With economic growth projected, the Labour Ministry is hoping to help many more youth achieve their employment goals.  As such, this relaunch will form part of a comprehensive marketing drive to encourage employer participation.

Minister of Labour, Colin Jordan, will deliver the feature address at the start of the relaunch ceremony, which begins at 10:00 a.m.

joy-ann.gill@barbados.gov.bb

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