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$1.5m put aside for jobs

GERCINE CARTER, gercinecarter@nationnews.com

Added 25 February 2020

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Minister of Labour Colin Jordan answering questions in the Well of Parliament yesterday. At left is Permanent Secretary Dr Karen Best. (GP)

Government has allocated $1.5 million in the 2020 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure to fund its national first jobs initiative, Jobs Start Plus.

Minister of Labour Colin Jordan said yesterday a significant portion of that money would be used to assist small business people and artisans participating in the training of the 500 young people who had been selected for the pilot programme, with the payment of the $800 monthly stipend which the trainees would receive.

Speaking in the “Well” of the temporarily relocated Parliament at the Worthing Corporate Centre in Christ Church, Jordan said: “We will use as part of the basis of our populating the programme, those households that have been identified as the most vulnerable.”

The programme will give young people the opportunity to get the job experience which most employers demand. (GC)

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