Revive unattached youth initiative
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Julian Robinson CONSTITUENCY: St Andrew South East MEMBER OF Parliament for St Andrew South East Julian Robinson is urging the Government to continue the National Unattached Youth Programme (NUYP), which started under the previous administration.
He said of all the programmes in his constituency, the NUYP has had the greatest impact on unattached youth.
More than 150 young persons participated in the programme that has an apprenticeship component.
“We established a partnership with Sutherland Global and a number of those who participated got jobs after completing their apprenticeship,” Robinson said in his contribution to the State of the Constituency Debate.
“We took 155 young persons who otherwise would probably have been engaged in antisocial behaviour and put them in a one-year course of study. They got certification and on-the-job training.”
He said, to date, the programme has trained more than 2,800 persons.
Robinson told his parliamentary colleagues that since the change of administration he has not received word from the Government about the continuation of the programme.
“I would like to urge the Government to ensure that this programme continues. If we are talking about a fight against criminality, we have to start here. It’s not just resources for the police, it has to be resources that prevent people from getting into criminality.”
The MP also divulged plans to erect a number of small shops to cater for tourists and other persons who visit the Bob Marley statue across from the National Stadium.
With plans for a sports museum and concert hall to be established near the Bob Marley statue, Robinson said: “What you want to do is to capture persons who either come to the sports museum or Bob Marley statue. They can buy something related to reggae music, they can buy something related to sports, and they can eat some Jamaican food.”