CHARLESTOWN: Premier of Nevis and Minister of Education in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), Vance Amory, called on the island’s youth to take advantage of available training opportunities in the NIA’s priority areas if they wish to pursue tertiary education.
Amory, who is also the Area Representative for the Parish of St. George, made the call when he spoke to the Department of Information on Monday. He was reporting on a meeting with youth last week at the Gingerland Secondary School to ascertain their concerns and needs.
“I am, through this medium, asking our young people who are in school and are thinking of leaving school in a matter of months or those who are out of school employed or unemployed, who would like to do training, to make application for the areas in which they would like to be trained, recognizing however, that the Administration will have its priority,” said Amory.
The Premier added that the NIA would prioritize training requirements to avoid training persons in areas that were not of critical need to the island.
“We will prioritize and one of the areas of priority would be nursing,” said Amory. “We are looking at training persons in agriculture; we are looking at training persons in education, primarily and specifically the teaching of sciences; the teaching of English language (and) the teaching of mathematics because those are the foundational subjects in which our students are struggling to achieve levels of excellence on a consistent basis.”
Amory said the NIA had already held discussions with various agencies and governments who were prepared to provide assistance to offer training in the priority areas. He said that those who attended the meeting also expressed concerns of employment opportunities, training at various levels and practical technical training available in and out of Nevis, among others.