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Young Participants in attendance

Young Participants in attendance

Friday,  December 14, 2007 –  The linkages  between  education, skills and the job market  will be strengthened and better rationalized through the newly launched 'OECS Skills for  Inclusive Growth Project '.


On Tuesday, December 11th the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Economic Planning, Investment  and National Development launched the initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Vieux Fort.


Local and World Bank officials look on

Local and World Bank officials look on

The World Bank funded OECS Skills for Inclusive Growth Project, is designed to increase employability and mobility of unemployed youth, through skills training. The project will further provide skills certification and accreditation by the establishment of standards in Agriculture, Information and Communication Technology, and Hospitality.


Hospitality training will be the first component of the programme and will begin in 2008.  Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Arsene James sees the initiative as a new dawn for the  unemployed and unskilled youth in particular.


“The concept of inclusion has evolved towards the idea that all youth should have equal learning opportunities regardless of their cultural, social and economic background, or regardless of  differences in their abilities and capabilities. The OECS Skills for Inclusive Growth Project is attempting to create an avenue of progress for marginalized youth to make themselves  marketable for the world of work,” said the Education Minister.


The youth skills project was launched under the theme “Your future is Now” and will be facilitated via the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC). The event took place at  the Coconut Bay Hotel in Vieux Fort.

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