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Job Corps to be up and running mid-2012, Minister

The Job Corps programme is being adapted to suit Bermuda’s needs and will be up and running in the second quarter of next year.

Community Development Minister Michael Weeks has today highlighted the progress of the long-awaited education and training scheme for 16 to 25 year-olds.

Mr Weeks said they were drawing up a shortlist of names for the programme, finalising a venue and had come up with five core groups of people to “onionize it”.

Job Corps, which was recommended in The Mincy Report, aims to give Bermuda’s young people the life and work skills to prepare them for “stable and long-term careers”.

Mr Weeks also highlighted the Tri 30 work experience programme, which sees the public and private sector working together to provide training for 18 to 25-year olds who are unemployed. He said four participants had already been offered full-time employment.

Meanwhile, Mr Weeks said he was doing everything he could to support Bermudian artists through the Cultural Legacy Fund. This provides financial support for those who write books, produce films and create art or music.

Mr Weeks said he wanted Bermudian artists to get the recognition they deserve and suggested they needed to be “on the world’s stage for all to see”.

Mr Weeks also touched on the proposed amendments to the Charities Act 1978, saying he would be hosting his second town hall meeting on November 29.

At the press conference to discuss his Ministry’s Throne Speech initiatives, Mr Weeks urged everyone to “stay tuned because there are exciting things happening in Bermuda”.

He said: “I know we are facing challenging times but if we continue to stick together as a community we will make it through”.

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Published November 09, 2011 at 11:07 am (Updated November 09, 2011 at 11:06 am)

Job Corps to be up and running mid-2012, Minister

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