BVI Leader Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith said that a more aggressive strategy needs to be created to ensure that unemployed youths find jobs in the Territory.
During the August 18 edition of NDP radio program Premier Smith lauded the Youth Employment Register that was initiated by Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn and said that it was one of the most important undertakings of government.
“That was actually an important decision, because we know that there are quite a lot of young people who are not gainfully employed so it is an important initiative that resulted in many young people being employed and also achieving some skills.
”Dr. Smith announced that the time has come to take the initiative a step further to ensure maximum results. He said: “What we now have to do is take that to the next level where there is a more formal training program for those young people and a more aggressive employment strategy.”
The Youth Unemployment Register now renamed the Youth Employment Service (YES) provides training and placement for youths in the Territory. It was launched by the Ministry of Education and Culture in November 2011 as a means to assess the status of disadvantaged and unemployed youths in the BVI.