SVG Gov’t to train 175 youth in 6-month paid internship program

By Admin. Updated 3:33 p.m., Wednesday, January 11, 2023, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

This country’s government, with support from Taiwan, has announced the launching of a six-month internship programme for young people.

The programme called ON-SITE is designed to better equip the nation’s youth to participate in the new and dynamic global space, a press release from the Economic Planning Division says.

According to the release, the programme is funded by the Republic of China (Taiwan) at a cost of approximately US$500,000.

The Offering National Support for Internship Training and Employment – ON-SITE programme is set to begin in February 2023.

The programme will recruit 175 participants aged 18 to 34 years old.

The Government of SVG will also contribute EC$40,000 to this programme, the release says.

The selected ON-SITE participants will be placed at private sector businesses/firms across a wide range of industries and they will receive a monthly stipend that is commensurate with their achieved levels of education and skillset. That is: pre-secondary, secondary, post-secondary and university level.

The remainder of the press release:

It is anticipated that ON-SITE will create a more dynamic and competitive labour force in SVG, fill gaps identified by theLabour Demand Survey, decrease unemployment among Vincentian youths and contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic status of the citizens of SVG.

ON-SITE is scheduled to officially launch on Thursday, January 19, with application forms available for collection from various locations on Friday, January 13. 

These locations include: the Economic Planning Division (First Floor, Administrative Centre), PRYME Implementation Office (Centre of Excellence, Diamond), Invest SVG (Second Floor, Administrative Centre), SVG Community College (all campuses), Ministry of Education (Halifax Street, Kingstown), Centre for Enterprise Development (Grenville Street, Kingstown), SVG Chamber of Commerce (Vigie Highway, Arnos Vale), Bequia Revenue Office (Port Elizabeth, Bequia) and the Union Island Revenue Office (Ashton, Union Island).

Online applications will also be facilitated. The deadline for submission of applications and supporting documents is Friday, January 20.

The ON-SITE programme will be implemented by the Economic Planning Division (within the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Information Technology), with oversight functions performed by a steering committee.

The steering committee will be comprised of representatives from key stakeholder ministries/agencies, which include the Economic Planning Division, SVG Chamber of Commerce, Invest SVG, the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Education and National Reconciliation, the SVG Community College and the Ministry of National Mobilisation.

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