Minister congratulates Endless Possibilities participants
The Hon. Stephen Lashley, Minister of Culture, Sports & Youth in delivering the Featured Remarks at the official launch of a new intake of participants in the Endless Possibilities Programme stated that the Ministry was fully committed to ensuring sustainability and dynamism of its programmes and to the successful achievement of all young people.
Congratulating the third cohort on successfully completing their programme, Minister Lashley said that the inclusion of their presentation at the Launch was most appropriate, as it allowed participants in the previous cohort to pass the baton on to the new ones. The Minister told the participants that it demonstrated to them, that with commitment and hard work, the challenges of the programme can be overcome and that they too could experience similar success in a few months time.
He continued: “… the data from the evaluation of the previous Endless Possibilities Programmes shows we have been quite successful, not only in providing relevant employment training and life skills; but also the necessary psycho-social support. The success of the programme confirms its hypothesis that when working with at risk young people, support mechanisms are extremely useful in providing conduits between work and the family; and creating the environment where values are reinforced, conflicts resolved and positive behaviours nurtured”.
Minister Lashley emphasised that the Endless Possibilities - A Job Attachment and Mentorship Programme ensures that participants are exposed to critical employment prerequisites that are required by employers. He commended the private sector organizations providing the job placement opportunities to young people and invited others to come on board with the Ministry adding that the “public/private sector partnerships are necessary if the programme is to remain relevant, labour market driven and sustainable”.
Noting that the training component of the Endless Possibilities programme was consistent with the mandate set out in the National Youth Policy of Barbados to improve the circumstances of our young people, the Minister stated: “We believe therefore that this training will go a long way in addressing unemployment among young people as the Endless Possibilities Programme provides for persons to be absorbed within the labour market. Participation in this programme also plays a pivotal role in their consideration of entrepreneurship. The young persons who participated in this programme were given insight into what is expected of them as employees in the workplace, as well as an understanding of what they should expect, should they too become employers.
Caption: Participants at the launch of Endless Possibilities
Caption: Minister of Youth, the Hon. Stephen Lashley