Five million spent on youth development

first_imgLocalNews Five million spent on youth development by: Dominica Vibes News – December 10, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment, Ian DouglasMinister for Trade, Energy and Employment, Ian Douglas has told sixty-two (62) graduates of the Hospitality South-West Apprenticeship Module that the government of Dominica has made a five million dollar investment in their future.Douglas, who made the statement at the graduation ceremony on 12 December 2015 at the Point Michel Community Center, noted that the importance government places on youth development is evident by its financial contribution to programs such as these.He noted that the government has spent five million Eastern Caribbean dollars on One hundred and sixty (160) persons who have been trained in hospitality and other skills under the under the National Employment Programme (NEP).“We have allocated and already spent five million dollars on those programs on you. That’s five million dollars that could go into endeavors especially in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika, we could use that money to do a whole host of other things; but you and your development is priority to us,” Douglas said.Douglas pointed out that there are several hotel investments across the island which the trainees can gain employment at because of the skill that they have acquired.“We are convinced that through the training programs like these and the embracing the opportunities that present themselves after the training, our goal of reducing unemployment in Dominica will be achieved”.Government, he said, will continue to equip citizens with the requisite skills and create the environment to succeed. “We are making every effort to ensure that unskilled persons around Dominica are prepared to work hard and have the requisite discipline to endure the rigor of this training that we put you through and take advantage of these opportunities…Opportunities that will change your lives,” Douglas said.“We expect that those trainings that we give you will expose your hidden talents and will help you to fulfil your dreams … to build your own homes…businesses, and to be able to feed your children and send them to school,” Douglas added.Douglas called on the graduating class to take advantage of the knowledge that they have acquired.This was the third graduation ceremony of this program, from which a total of one hundred and sixty apprentices have completed. There were forty-six apprentices from the north, fifty-two from the east and yesterday sixty-two from the south-west. Share 256 Views   one commentlast_img read more