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HOPE is a First Step Toward Compulsory Youth Service – Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says he supports the recent call by Opposition Spokesman for Education, Ronald Thwaites, for a compulsory youth service.

He says the government’s new Housing, Opportunities, Production and Employment Programme, HOPE, is the first step on that path.

Mr. Holness was speaking yesterday at the Office of the Prime Minister where the HOPE was launched. He says the programme will improve the social outcomes of unattached Jamaican youth.

Mr. Holness says it will have a positive impact on the country’s crime problem.

HOPE is expected to employ 15,000 young people aged 18 to 24 in projects aimed at improving government efficiency.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness says the government will be reviewing the Apprenticeship Act, which he says is ‘outdated’.

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