Kamla advocates for youth support through employment
Opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called for more employment opportunities for youth.
This, as she said the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has left many young people jobless.
Persad-Bissessar pointed to a lack of opportunities that have seen qualified people unable to gain entry into the world of work in their field of study.
She lamented that young medical graduates have faced underemployment, claiming some have been forced to work at supermarkets and gas stations.
Persad-Bissessar said Government must create the right environment for the country’s youth to thrive.
She said: “Government has a responsibility to support our young people as many times they are left in a sense of hopelessness when confronted with the stark reality of unemployment.
After years of study and sacrifice, to meet a world with no opportunities can inflict a heavy toll on our young people.”
She said limited job prospects have denied young people the chance to positively contribute to the nation’s development.
“Young people today are faced with a dilemma of not having "connections" to get a job and then seeing Ministers' children getting jobs in state enterprises and collecting hefty salaries.
What do you think this is doing to our young people? They will continue to lose faith in a system that does nothing for them and only engages them in time for an election,” she continued.
The Opposition leader called for greater support for the youth as she said they are the leaders of today.
“Our young people especially have one of the greatest roles to play in this drive of national development and we as the leaders of today must do all that we can to ensure they have ample opportunities to do so,” she added.
Over the period January to July, more than 300 people were retrenched due to the ongoing pandemic, according to figures from the Central Bank.