The National, Wednesday 5th September, 2012
A PROGRAMME facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Solomon Islands is helping 500 young people improve their chances of gaining employment.
Youth At Work is a partnership between SPC, the Ministry of National Reconciliation, Unity and Peace and the AusAID-funded Pacific Leadership Programme.
It aims to address high youth unemployment and the shortage of job opportunities.
SPC Solomon Islands country office coordinator Mia Rimon said the programme gave the 500 school leavers and graduates opportunities to gain valuable work experience while serving as interns.
“As well as practical work experience, the interns will gain an understanding of ethics and codes of conduct and skills such as interview techniques and how to write curriculum vitae and job applications,” she said.
“They will be mentored by successful community role models, who will help them build self-confidence and set goals.
“We hope that by using community, business and government mentors and partners, we will be able to tackle some of the issues with growing youth unemployment and disenfranchisement.”