The youth section of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as of March, will stage a consultative meeting across the country with concession companies for a short or long-term employment for about 5,000 Liberians who have graduated from technical and vocational schools.
Deputy Minister for Youth Development, Saah Charles N’Tow in an interview yesterday said the exercise is aimed to give a ‘career move’ to the students with specific trades, crafts and careers.
“Over the years, government has increasingly been investing in the future of vocational education to make young Liberians become more specialized,” Deputy Minister N’Tow said. “Government also deems it necessary to find placement for these graduates to stand on their own and contribute to the economy.”
According to Mr. N’Tow, the consultative meetings might last for at least a month in order to talk to all the concession companies.
The Deputy Minister further announced that about 100 young Liberians, in collaboration with the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation (LIBTELCO), would be employed for three months to help laid fiber optic cables.
Minister N’Tow said the criteria for the recruitment would be released to the public hopefully this weekend.
The Deputy Youth Minister also indicated that in Nimba County, about 120 student leaders as well as community leaders would undergo a week-long training in basic leadership skills, including public speaking, grant writing, project proposal, asset mapping, amongst others to grow them into outstanding leaders.
“Developing student leaders is not only positive for the young people but also for the communities, schools and the country,” Minister N’Tow said, “Placing and nurturing young people in leadership roles gives them a more hands-on experience and opens up opportunities for them.”
The leadership training is expected to be supported by the UNMIL Quick Impact Project and ExxonMobil (an American multinational oil and gas corporation)
Minister N’Tow said the ministry will exert efforts to re-deployment of the 50 Supply Chain Managers, who are part of the Health Commodity Security National Volunteer Service Program.
The youths, prior to the deadly Ebola outbreak, were responsible to manage and control the distribution of drugs (medicines) in Montserrado in the southeastern Liberia. UNESCO sponsored the program.
Beside the Supply Chain Program, the Ministry is also considering the National Cadet Program, which was revived under his appointment in 2013, National Youth Volunteer Service and the On-the-Job’s training programs.