YOUTH at Work has designed a course to help mould the talent of young people and boost their self-esteem.
According to the facilitator, June Magasu, youth who don’t make it far in education, but who are assertive always get by and can prosper.
This assertiveness is one of the key goals of the training for the youth.
Since Youth@Work implemented the Soft Skills Training in late 2012, the outcome of the pupils learning has been very satisfying.
“From time to time, I bumped into my former students and they’d say that what they’ve learned in the soft skill courses has helped them a lot,” Ms Magasu said.
“I’ve seen them move on so I know that they have changed,” she added.
One of the participants, Henry Nuggets said, the sessions in the soft skills has motivated him to be confident in speaking his mind and to do what he’s passionate of.
“There is a saying I learnt from the course that I will never forget, it goes ‘Talent is universal – embrace it’,” Mr Nuggets said.
The sessions were organised by Youth@Work as part of their bi-annual 20 week internship program.
Youth@Work is a combined effort of SPC; the Ministry of National Unity, Peace and Reconciliation; the Ministry of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration; and the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs.
Youth@Work is an initiative to tackle youth unemployment in the Solomon Islands and is funded by Australian Aid.