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PRESS RELEASE – In expressing his grave concern over the number of young people throughout the Gros Islet constituency who are currently unemployed, the leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called upon the parliamentary representative for Gros Islet, Mr. Lenard Montoute, to pay greater attention to an issue which could well pose future problems not just for him, but for his replacement as district representative for Gros Islet.
According to Mr. Prudent, periodically employing a handful of constituents in the government run STEP program, is certainly not enough to alleviate the high levels of unemployment throughout the constituency of Gros Islet.
Moreover, given the scarce number of jobs that are available for a constituency the size and magnitude of Saint Lucia’s largest political district, only serves to raise the level of social frustration and economic disparity that exist among the people of Gros Islet.
I am prepared to do my part, says Mr. Prudent, and I hope that in the interest of the people of Gros Islet, that Mr. Montoute will set politics aside, and work with him to help eradicate the ugly scourges of unemployment up north.
A first step, according to Mr. Prudent, would be to carry out a through unemployment exercise throughout the entire constituency of Gros Islet, that would seek to determine not just the unemployment rate for that particular constituency, but a clear identification of those who are unemployed, including their educational backgrounds and other skills sets etc.
However, once that information has been compiled, Mr. Prudent proposes the establishment of an independent body called the Gros Islet Economic and Renewal Council (GIERC). The GIERC will consist of two representatives from each of the key communities that make up the constituency of Gros Islet. Those persons would have had to receive the overwhelming support of their respective communities in order to serve the council for a period of 5 years.
The GIERC would be then be charged with responsibility of managing a newly created Jobs and Skills Training Bureau, that is geared towards appropriately matching those who are unemployed with available jobs throughout the constituency, while offering appropriate training to those whose educational background and skills falls far below the acceptable requirements of potential employers.
The overarching goals of the GIERC would be as follows:
A) Is to drastically reduce the rate of unemployment , by formulating fresh and progressive ideas for job creation in other to meet the economic needs of the people of Gros Islet.
B) To liaise with the business community in order to indentify existing areas of employment
C) And to guarantee that the right to employment is not determine by ones political affiliation, but by their ability and qualification to perform a given job.
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