Jobseekers receive applications at the Catholic Community Centre on Virgin Gorda last Thursday during a job fair. Photo: TODD VANSICKLE

Earlier this year, Shamekah Smith got dressed up and went to several businesses on Virgin Gorda with her resume in hand hoping to find a job.

Jobseekers receive applications at the Catholic Community Centre on Virgin Gorda last Thursday during a job fair. Photo: TODD VANSICKLE

“I looked in the newspaper, I went online, and I even knocked on doors,” Ms. Smith said. “But nobody was hiring.”

She believes she was unsuccessful in part because the slow season, when many businesses shut their doors for several weeks, was pending.

Ms. Smith said she has struggled to find employment on VG since graduating high school in 2011. Now, she is a student at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Spanish Town.

“I don’t want to put off college, but I do want to make some money,” she said.

Last Thursday, she was hoping her luck would change when she attended the first job fair on VG at the island’s Catholic Community Centre.

The event was organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture and Youth Employment Services.

Besides government, seven businesses on VG took part in the fair: Coldwell Banker, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, Oil Nut Bay, and Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Necker Island, Mosquito Island, and Driftwood Nail Bay resorts.

See the Oct. 2, 2014 edition for full coverage.

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