Media production training for youths
Youth Minister Lisa Hanna has announced an ambitious programme to train 31 youth across the island in media production, which will enable them to land jobs in that communications industry.
The project will see the Creative Production and Training Centre and the National Youth Service (NYS) partnering to identify the young people who will be engaged in a six-month, paid internship programme.
"These will make up the production pod that will produce the youth programme. They will be the hosts, producers, videographers, scriptwriters/ researchers, graphic artists, etc. working on the youth programme," Hanna said as she made her contribution to the 2015-2016 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.
The minister said the team would then produce 39 episodes over a 17-month period, as paid media practitioners.
"This training and experience will enable them to secure media jobs in Jamaica," Hanna said, while adding that another batch of youth is to be selected for a similar programme in 2017-2018.
Hanna told The Gleaner yesterday that the move to train people in media and communication is to help equip them with skills that can allow them to land jobs in areas of entertainment, culture, media production and writing.
"We realise people need Jamaican content, and training young people in this area will allow them to take advantage of the many opportunities out there. Not only can they effectively freelance, but they can also take advantage of opportunities to upload content and earn from that," the minister said.
In the meantime, Hanna said the Government would be spending approximately $89 billion or 14 per cent of the budget on programmes for youth and children this year, across eight ministries.
The budget to the NYS for youth programmes is $J344.6 million, to impact more than 15,000 young people.
The money is to be spent in several areas, including providing basic personal and professional development skills for young people; providing financial assistance post-service participants pursuing tertiary education, and training 200 youths who have expressed an interest in and the aptitude for owning and operating a business.
"I want to assure the youth of this country that the Portia Simpson Miller-led Government is not demanding action only from you, we demand it from ourselves," she said.
"With this in mind, we must ensure that we coordinate and collaborate to get the best outcomes from the monies we spend," she added.