USAID programme trains 69 more youths

The SKYE graduation (US embassy photo)

Last Friday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held a graduation ceremony at the Georgetown Club to honour 33 youth who completed work and life skills training and 24 youth who completed literacy training through the USAID Skills and Knowledge for Youth Employment (SKYE) Project.

A release from the US Embassy said that the graduating youth came from Regions 4 and 5. The literacy training which was conducted in collaboration with the Adult Education Association (AEA), equipped the youth in that programme with basic reading skills including fluency, phonemic awareness, and word attack skills as well as grammar, mechanics, and comprehension with a background of work readiness requirements.

In addition to these graduates, a group of 12 young people at the New Opportunity Corps graduated last Wednesday after completing training which included literacy, work and life skills training.

The SKYE graduation (US embassy photo)
The SKYE graduation (US embassy photo)

US Ambassador D. Brent Hardt and Dr. Luther Leudtke, President and CEO of Education Development Center (EDC) were present at the ceremony. In addressing the graduates and their families, Ambassador Hardt praised the young people for their dedication and hard work and thanked their coaches and mentors for their dedication to ensuring the graduates find good jobs.

The Ambassador pointed out that the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s online job bank was helping to match employers with SKYE graduates, and noted that SKYE graduates were now a recognized “brand” that was becoming more widely known and respected by employers for producing talented, dedicated, and effective employees.

The release said that the SKYE project, funded through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), is designed to equip young Guyanese with market-driven skills and improve their ability to gain and keep employment. The SKYE programme supports youth who are secondary school dropouts, young people who have completed formal education but require additional skills in order to gain employment, and youth in the juvenile justice system.

Under the CBSI-funded SKYE programme, 936 youth in Guyana have completed life and work skills training, 319 of whom were placed into full-time employment as of the end of February.

Through such CBSI partnerships, the United States and Guyana seek to ensure that young people in Guyana and throughout the Caribbean have the economic opportunity to build productive lives and contribute to their countries, the release added.


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