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WOW opening the door to the job market for youths

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The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs continues to shape the future for young persons in Tobago as the World of Work programme celebrates its 10th cycle.

The programme stands to impact the lives of many as 100 participants are now enrolled and appointed to train in the private and public sector for the duration of one (1) month. The participants ages 16 to 18 will be placed in various organisations around Tobago based on the career area of their choice.

World of Work programme began on July 10th with a week of training sessions on resume writing and employee to employer relations. The week of training ended with participants being screened in a ‘real life’ interview process by professionals in a variety of fields.

Allister Beckles, a panelist from the Division of Education, Innovation and Energy hailed the initiative as a recipe for success as it promises to equip youths with hands-on work experience. He shared, ‘This is my 4th year as a panelist and it’s great to see the kids grow. The programme gives young people an opportunity to mentally prepare for the work environment which is essential to the overall development of Tobago”.

Beckles also added that the programme is impactful as he met two former participants successfully working. He shared a testimony from one of the former participants, who expressed that World of Work gave her a jump start into the organisation of her choice as she is currently working at the organisation of which she interned.

Participants in attendance, such as Aliyah Graham were particularly grateful for the mock interview experience. Graham shared that, “this is my first official interview and it really helped me to become more confident and taught me how to react to real life work experiences”. The participant highlighted that she is now more knowledgeable on resume writing and is indeed ready to face the world of work. The World of Work programme closes with a graduation ceremony scheduled for August 29th, 2019.