Unemployed Youth invited to apply for Digital Jobs Scholarship Opportunity

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Basseterre, St. Kitts, February 5, 2021 (Ministry of Social Development and Gender Affairs): Youth who are currently unemployed are invited to apply for a Digital Jobs Scholarship Opportunity, sponsored by the OECS-USAID Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP).

With training provided by the company Internet Income based in Jamaica, the Digital Jobs Initiative will give young people the skills to start and operate a successful online business, through the selection of three (3) areas of study from a field of several available topics, including Design Masterclass, Social Media Marketing and Blogging & Website Building. Courses such as this can help out those who are serious about starting an online business during this time, so it is essential that they know what it is all about and what they will come up against, for example, online businesses can deal with a lot when selling online so they need to be up-to-date on what they’ll want to do to get through it. With resources such as reputation management companies, as well as other related digital assistance in their field being a source of help so they can navigate their way through their business in a positive manner, they can feel happier with what they are producing for their customers/clients. This field of study can open their eyes and guide them.

This online training initiative is expected to run for two (2) months. To be eligible to apply, youth must be self-motivated, between the ages of sixteen to twenty-nine (16-29) years old, educated up to First Form/Grade seven (7) level, and with access to a reliable computer/digital device and Internet connectivity. In addition, youth must not be currently working or attending school.

With a mission to help youth at risk, the OECS-JJRP Commission hopes that young people will take advantage of this scholarship opportunity- including youth who have previously been in conflict with the law- as the demand for online businesses is growing. The Commission indicates “Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a surge in the need for remote workers. The online freelancing industry is a multi-million dollar industry that is not adequately tapped by Caribbean nationals“.

There are one hundred and thirty-five (135) openings for this Digital Jobs scholarship available, for youth across the OECS region.

Interested persons are invited to apply by accessing the informational video and application form at the following link: https://internetincomejamaica.com/application – on or before the application deadline of Friday, February 19th, 2021. After receipt of applications, a start date for the training will be announced.

Youth in need of assistance in completing applications may contact the Policy, Projects & Planning Unit of the Ministry of Social Development & Gender Affairs at the following email address: pppu@gov.kn.

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