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Youth told to prepare for jobs

The Senate today heard a passionate call for young Barbadians to start preparing themselves for the 1,000 jobs that are expected to be produced by the government’s $600 million economic stimulus package.

The suggestion came from Government Senator, Andre Worrell, during his contribution to the debate on the 2013 to 2014 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.

Worrell argued that while the stimulus money would primarily go directly to the construction industry, all sectors of the economy would benefit, in addition to creating new sectors that would require trained persons.

He noted that the construction industry would need trained people, the proposed renewable energy project would also required freshly-trained installers of photovoltaic panels, food vendors at building sites and crafts and cultural professionals for the cruise terminal venture.

The senator told young people in particular, to start checking out what jobs would be available that suited their skills, and where the expertise was lacking, enrol with the Vocational Training Board and other government agencies.

He also urged the commercial banks to “open their arms” to those prospective entrepreneurs who seek funding to start businesses as a result of the series of capital and civil works projects. The young senator appealed to the banks not to turn away such persons.

Worrell reasoned that the $600 million stimulus programme could not be considered an expense, but rather an investment in the future development of Barbados. He identified the proposed $56 million high rise housing initiative for the Grotto, Beckles Road, the $70 million cruise terminal, the revitalisation of Bridgetown that included the new Pierhead Marina project, the Bushy Park race track and other housing ventures as major segments of the stimulus package. (EJ)

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