The Ministries of National Mobilisation and National Security through their Divisions of Youth (YES Programme and RSVGPF (Police Band) signed a collaborative MOU on Monday 29th January 2018 as part of an initiative being dubbed “YES Band Apprentice”.
The YES Programme was officially launched in August 2001. It has allowed many youth to obtain experiences in the job market. The YES programme provides benefits to many sectors including Education, Social Services, Health, Agriculture and even the private sector.
As the Ministry of National Mobilisation continues to expand the programme, the piloting of this new initiative is expected that an initial 14 young males will be provided with training opportunities in the field of music. The already identified young males have either by way of registration with the YES programme or through application to the Police Force or having been a participant in the Band’s summer programme, shown interest in wanting to be a member of the Force.
It is expected that these young males will be put through the paces of the Band’s complete programme and as such be in the pilot of the feeder system being conceived as a nursery for the Police Band, with successful candidates being enlisted into the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force after the year’s completion on the YES programme.
One may ask why the gender bias? It is evident from almost all reports that males are being marginalized and are often not catered for by way of programmes. The Ministry has made a deliberate attempt to engage the young males of this nation to ensure their full participation and contribution to national development. It is therefore expected that once this pilot is successful that going forward it can be expanded and thus include females.
Ambassador Ger complemented both Ministries on the effort of collaboration and expressed his country’s satisfaction with the way in which the Ministry has been handling the YES programme. Ambassador said “Let’s not only congratulate the possible twelve (12) participants to be attached to the Police Band but also cheer for the many YES participants for their achievements over the past 17 years.”
He further stated that “I want to assure you that the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to support the YES Program as we have both witnessed the positive benefits it has brought to the young people of this country. I also want to give credits to the staff of the Ministry of National Mobilization for their outstanding execution of the Program.”
Both the Commissioner of Police Colin John and the Permanent Secretary Nerissa Gittens-McMillan signed on behalf of their individual Ministries and was witnessed by both the Minister and the Ambassador.