National Job Creation and Skills Enhancement Programme
The Government of The Bahamas National Job Creation and Skills Enhancement Programme is a job initiative of The Bahamas Government established in August 2018 to provide unemployed persons between the ages of nineteen (19) to thirty (30) with hands on skills that will enhance their ability to find gainful employment based on training received. The program runs from August to June of the following year and has established a private sector partnership. Participants are placed in either the government or the private sector based on their skills, interests and qualifications. To date, 158 persons have gained employment through the National Job Creation and Skills Enhancement Programme in Grand Bahama alone.
The program’s private sector partners include Albuild, Aliv, Lakeesta Investments Ltd, Norris R. Carroll & Company, Phoenix Brokerage, Admin Business & Careerlife, Letty’s Paradise Preschool and Admin Office Freeport.
The Youth Summer Employment Programme is a collaboration between The Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture and The Private Sector. It allows for young Bahamians between the ages of 15 – 26 the opportunity to find employment and obtain work experience during the summer months. The program consists of two (2), four (4) weeks sessions, totaling a duration of eight (8) weeks from July to August. The two sessions are typically grouped by age and level of education; where College students are hired in July and High School students are hired in August. This is to facilitate the return of college students who usually start classes within August. For the past 3 years, the Annual Youth Summer Employment Programme has employed roughly 700-750 students per year within government agencies and corporate sectors such as PharmaChem, Polymers, Pats Uniform, Scotia Bank, RBC, First Caribbean Bank, The Ministry of Housing, The Office of The Prime Minister G.B., Customs, etc. There are over 100 businesses and government agencies assisting in the program each year. Students are remunerated on a tier basis at the end of their four weeks. Consideration is given towards qualifications such as BJCs, BGCSEs and college credits.