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Posted by SR (riley) on Sep 15 2016 at 5:53 PM
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An avant-garde intervention aimed at boosting the employment prospects for wards at the South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre and Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre was launched on July 21, 2016. 

The intervention will see private sector partners providing on-the-job training to participants from these facilities, and giving a stipend for two months.Between March 2015 and June 2016, over 300 wards have left both facilities.  During that time, 12 beneficiaries of the programme were employed.  From July to September 2016, 82 youths have been participating in entrepreneurial and job readiness programmes. 

The intervention, which is a part of the Ministry of National Security’s strategy to empower juvenile offenders to function as productive citizens upon release from correctional facilities, is the next phase of the “A New Path: Promoting a Healthy Environment and Productive Alternatives for Juvenile Remandees and Offenders” project. 

The project caters to the emotional, social, educational and economic needs of juvenile offenders, with a focus on providing post-release support and is jointly funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Organisation of American States (OAS), and Trust for the Americas.

During the launch, private sector leaders were encouraged to participate in the newly established membership programme that seeks to secure job placement and apprenticeship opportunities for children leaving juvenile correctional centres. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Sen. the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. reiterated, “Central to this project are the partnerships that will be established through the membership programme.  This is the key to achieving the objective of reducing re-offending in the long term.”