This week government plans to relaunch an initiative designed to connect residents between the ages of 16 and 30 with local businesses in need of help.

Programme Director Rochelle Lawrence said the Youth Employment Services has been around for five years, but after Hurricane Irma the community needs it more than ever.

“It’s not just about getting them jobs; it’s about helping them to be their own entrepreneurs,” she said. “So if someone wants to train to become an electrician, for instance, we will give them the training and knowledge they need to help them set up their own company.”

Ms. Lawrence said the number of companies and jobseekers on the YES registry has grown after Irma, and it’s not just because of hurricane-related job loss.

“Young people who were unemployed before Irma are now realising that they need to get back to work,” she said. “Maybe they need money to take care of family members or fix up their home.”

Therefore, the YES programme aims to create a registry of available jobs in in-demand areas, such as landscaping, repair work, painting and delivery services.

“Many companies are in search of temporary workers to help them clean up their properties while they wait for insurance to kick in,” Ms. Lawrence explained.

The YES Facebook page will serve as the main portal connecting young people with these opportunities.

HLSCC partnership

Ms. Lawrence said the programme is working closely with H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, which Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn has asked to adjust its curriculum to put more focus on skills training for industries, such as construction, marine, electricity and plumbing, that will help the territory rebuild.

The programme will formally launch this week. In the meantime, young people are encouraged to contact Ms. Lawrence at 499-9944, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or via message on the Youth Employment Services Facebook Page.