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W.O.W. Programme kicks off

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The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs has officially started the 10th cycle of its World of Work Programme the lives of 100 young people stand to be impacted.

The programme began on Wednesday July 10 with a brief orientation followed by training sessions at the conference room of the Division of Community Development, Enterprise Development and Labour in Glen Road. This initiative aims to equip youth between the ages of 16 to 18 with a solid foundation for success in today’s job market. During the orientation, participants were briefed on what to expect throughout their engagement. Training sessions on the first day covered topics such as “Employee/Employer Relations” and “Exploring Tobago”.

At the start of her day, a visibly excited Kayleigh Lewis, 16, shared, “I am excited to learn about behavior in the workplace. I’m interested in knowing more about how to interact with employers and dress code.” Similarly, Andre Holder, 18, highlighted, “I’m excited about being here so I can learn new things. I think it’s important to just keep learning, meet new people and gain experiences.”

In his remarks, Programme Coordinator in the Department of Youth Affairs, Julien Skeete mentioned, “For the last nine years our sessions have been successful and our participants have been exceptional. Therefore, the Division of Sport and Youth Affairs will continue this drive to support young persons in shaping their futures. We are working to develop young people with an understanding of their greater contribution to society. We expect you to set an example.”

The World of Work Programme is comprised of a week of skills training, one day of interviews and a month of hands-on work experience in a variety of sectors. The activities are scheduled to conclude with a graduation ceremony on August 29.