Development through Experience or Upward Ever Onward.


  1. To encourage young people to adopt a positive attitude towards life long learning, work and their environment.
  2. To create an environment which enables young people to understand and assume their roles and responsibilities as young people.
  3. To prepare young people who are trained, skilled and disciplined to access and initiate employment opportunities.

The Programme

The Barbados Youth Service (BYS) offers a twelve (12) month programme for young men and women between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty-two (22). This programme is divided into three stages:

Residential - Duration three (3) months

Focus: Adolescent development e.g. self-esteem building, counseling, team building, academic and sports development.

Skill Development - Duration three (3) months

Focus: Technical and cultural training e.g. jewelry making, airbrushing, pottery, leather craft, fire fighting, first aid, boat-handling and water safety.

Job Attachment - Duration six (6) months

Focus: Work experience in the public and private sectors as well as seminars and projects.

To Enroll

Applicants must complete the prescribed BYS application form and return it with the requested additional documents e.g. reference forms, identification, photographs. Enrollment is just once a year in September and eighty (80) trainees are accepted per intake. For further information call 310-4010/ 310-4011.

Programme Director

Mr. Hally Haynes
Director, Barbados Youth Service