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|Saint Kitts and Nevis||United States|
A delegation from the Saint Kitts and Nevis Department of Labour visited the United States Department of Labour with the objective of exchanging information and best practices on youth employment programs targeted towards vulnerable populations, as well as initiatives to promote youth employment.
The Activity consisted of a visit to the headquarters of USDOL in Washington, D.C., where the visitors delegation received an overview of programs such as Job Corps and Apprenticeship Programmes; and a visit to Rhode Island Department of Labor to gain practical experience on Youth Work Programmes, Apprentice Programmes, RIDOL netWORKri American Job Center, Exeter Job Corp Center.
During the latter, the participants received insightful information on how to successfully implement apprenticeship programs in their home country.
After the activity, the delegation from SKN determined the steps to be taken at their home country in order to put in practice the learnings from their visit. These steps include the revision and update of the St. Kitts and Nevis Apprenticeship and Tradespersons' Qualification Act - Chapter 18.03 to include other forms of occupations that are not named in the Act; to update and rebrand the Department of Labour Employment Agency; to liaise with other governmental departments, as well as the private sector and workers’ representatives to establish a Youth Apprenticeship Programme with certification; the implementation of a Youth Summer Internship Programme named “Upward Bound” to reduce the gap between education and labor; and to consult with the Ministry of Education to include work-related subjects on high school education curriculum.
From left to right:
Shernel James, Labour Comissioner
Deon Webb, Deputy Labour Comissioner
Terrel, Storrod Bass, Youth Employment Officer (St. Kitts)