Thursday 24 September, 2020

UNC proposes Graduate Internship Programme

Pictured: United National Congress (UNC) leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaks on a political platform.

Pictured: United National Congress (UNC) leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaks on a political platform.

A United National Congress (UNC) government will ensure the creation of  jobs which provides youth with the opportunity for upward social mobility.

At the UNC's On the Ballot virtual campaign meeting on Thursday, UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar proposed the Graduate Internship Programme, which would see youth placed in jobs in the private sector. 

Persad-Bissessar noted that the majority of graduates find themselves in the public sector through the On the Job Trainee Programme. 

The proposed internship programme, funded by the State would place graduates in the public sector. 

The UNC leader said: “Unlike the current OJT Programme, where over 95 percent of trainees are placed in the Public Sector – i.e. taking up many jobs of unfilled public sector vacancies, this one-year Graduate Internship Programme will seek to place 5,000 young graduates into the hands of the private sector fully funded by the state."

She said all graduates under this programme will undergo an online training programme in digital technology integration, realigning their career paths to economic areas that are in demand.

“This will also allow the private sector to improve their business operations as well as develop new digital and entrepreneurial skills within the business.

“I expect that many of these 10,000 young digital ambassadors will aid in our transformation of the business sector as we move to a digital economy as outlined in the UNC National Transformation Plan 2020-2025.”

Meanwhile, in the absence of international election observers as the party heads to the polls on August 10, Persad-Bissessar urged citizens to be national observers and do their part to ensure the conduct of a free and fair election.

“I nominate every citizen as a national observer in this election,” she said.

“Pay attention to what is happening around you, look for the irregularities at polling stations and during these last few days. If you see something, say something.”

A total of 150 candidates from 19 political parties, including independent candidates, are contesting this year's general election.

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