A total of 6,000 young people will be engaged under the Youth Summer Employment Programme YSEP this year.
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie, said that the new cohort will begin the programme in August and will be paid $40,000.
The YSEP was launched in 2018 as an effort to reduce youth unemployment. Since its inception, more than 21,000 young people have been hired islandwide.
Minister McKenzie told the House that “despite the coronavirus, 5,000 young people were employed last year”.