Thu, 20 July 2017
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Youths complete 2016 program

THE last group of Youth@Work young entrepreneurs received their working materials on Friday after months of training and developing their business plans.

A Youth@Work statement said the young entrepreneurs businesses range from piggery, roadside barbeque stalls, bricks and selling of green coconuts.

Following Friday’s distribution of materials, Youth@Work staff this week visited a recipient, Barnabas Rofeta, who is engaged in brick making.

According to Mr Rofeta, he makes and sells bricks to residents living around his area.

He operated his business in a space of only about a square metre outside his house.

People are requesting for more and more bricks but I do not have enough space to work in order to meet the demand, he said.

Mr Rofeta had already sold his first load of bricks and is now working on an order for 600 bricks.

His bricks are selling at $10 and $12.

Youth@Work has now assisted 16 young entrepreneurs with businesses from Lungga, Borderline to White River areas.

Youth@Work is an initiative to tackle youth unemployment in Solomon Islands and to help youth of the Solomon’s find pathways to employment and entrepreneurship.

In the provinces, Youth@Work Gizo recently held a candle light ceremony as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women.

The members also cleaned Gizo Town and volunteer as guides for visiting tourists.

Youth@Work Auki, also successfully hosted its first Youth Market last week.

It also placed all internshp candidates in work places with one youth now securing a permanent job.

Meanwhile, Youth@Work recently started in Santo, Vanuatu.

The Youth@Work statement said the programme had already recruited youths who completed their community service and pre-employment trainings.

It said it will hold its first Youth Market on December 23rd and 24th.

Youth@Work is facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, in partnership and supported by funding from the Queens Young Leaders Programme (UK), the Australian Government Aid Programme, the Pacific Leadership Programme and Plan International.  Implementation is done in partnership with the Solomon Islands Ministry of National Unity, Peace and Reconciliation, the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs.

New intakes for phase 11 will commence in late January 2017.



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