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Government Summer Jobs Program Provide Experience and Money for Youngsters

Two of the Summer Job cadets: Austin Collie and Alexandrea Deviles.
Two of the Summer Job cadets: Austin Collie and Alexandrea Deviles.

During the months of July and August, a large number of local high schools and College of The Bahamas’ students were offered the possibility to earn money while holding a short term Summer Job, ranging from one to three weeks. Most jobs were at Government’s offices with one or two in the private sector.

They were answering the telephone at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, such as Syntyche King from Freeport, or at the Water and Sewerage Company’ office such as  Alexandrea Deviles, an Abaco Central High School student.

Janeil Forbes from Treasure Cay, an S C Bootle High School student, was working out spread sheets for calculating the students’ pay, also at the Ministry of Youth’s office.

Kayshana Adderley who just graduated from Abaco Central High School was filing documents and attending to visitors at the Court House. Kayshana started her training while still in school. She liked her job and her intention was to apply for a fifty two week program which would allow her to stay. She could then attend a BTVI Office Administration Course or a Defense Force Marine Program at the end of her training.

Other boys and girls could be found at the Port Authority, at the Police Station, at the Post office, at the Immigration Office and at First Caribbean Bank.

A student from Agape Christian School, Austin Collie, was in training at the Water and Sewerage Company. His job was to organize storage, but he also helped with pumping in Spring City.

“I am getting experience” he said.

Mr. Ishmael Morley who coordinated the program, explained that the goal was to teach the young people how to look professional and help them gain experience in the work place.

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