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The high youth unemployment within my community concerns me greatly. Daily, I listen to many young people who possess excellent technical and vocational skills, yet they are unable to secure jobs due to academic requirement. Even qualified individuals complain they are unable to find work. Yet people in our society pass and see our young people on the block and assume that is where they want to be. Barbados is considered one of the most developed nations in the Caribbean, yet in our urban society many households border on the poverty line due to unemployment. Unemployment is not indigenous to Barbados; it is a social issue plaguing many nations. I am certain our nation’s leaders can reduce our unemployment rate by implementing policies which endorse school-to-work programmes and work-based training. This would improve the effectiveness of our non-formal system and ensure job placement for our young people. There is also a greater need for Government organizations which provide training and funding for young entrepreneurs.