379 graduate from YEST programme
Three hundred and seventy- nine persons are now trained in the areas of cosmetology, Information Technology, masonry, carpentry, welding, and mechanics, among others after successfully completing the Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training Programme.
Minister within the Education Ministry, Nicolette Henry while lauding the students for their hard work and dedication said what is important is that they now have the skills and that “you can take the steps that are needed to build a promising future.”
She challenged them to do all they can to realize their full potentials, “in each of you and that is all three hundred and sixty-nine of you there is a full and bright future ahead. Graduating class of 2016 you are now armed with one of the most important tools needed to forge your path ahead.”
Intended to enhance the employment potential of young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who have left the formal school system, the Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training Programme is headed by the Department of Culture, Youth And Sport.
The YEST Programme is offered at the Kuru Kuru Training Centre, Sophia Training Centre, and the Vryman’s Erven Training Centre in New Amsterdam.
Twenty- two students also received driver’s licenses compliments of the Guyana Police Force, while others will receive stipends and access to free health care services.