Saint Lucia will soon launch a new web-based initiative to address youth unemployment.
Minister of Youth Development and Sports Kenson Casimir announced the initiative in a Christmas Message.
“It is quite evident that youth unemployment is a great concern for young people. To address this issue, the Ministry has tested a web, and mobile App called Skill 758, which will be launched soon,” Casimir, the MP for Gros Islet, stated.
He explained that the App would serve as a skills database and employment directory to connect skilled youngsters to job opportunities.
Casimir recalled the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and noted that research has indicated that young people were the most disproportionately affected.
And he observed that as the nation collectively breathed a sigh of relief regarding the removal of COVID-19 restrictions, Saint Lucia ‘shockingly’ witnessed a crime surge that continues to erode and decay its social fibre.
“Nevertheless, the Ministry of Youth and Sports remains resolute and continued to work assiduously for the youth and our sports people to become and remain meaningfully engaged,” the Minister said.
Casimir highlighted several initiatives his Ministry had undertaken in the interest of youth development and sports.
They included deploying youth workers in every community, upgrading some playing facilities and restarting school football, cricket, basketball, netball, and table tennis competitions.
The Gros Islet MP noted that the competitions reignited student-athlete enthusiasm after the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As a former athlete myself, the revival of our school sports has brought me tremendous joy as we provide opportunities for young people to expend positive energy,” Casimir said.
And he explained that his Ministry continues to pursue the youth development agenda to provide young people with access to opportunities to contribute positively to national development.