As Cadets Recruitment Begins, Min. Wilson Wants Qualified Youths Benefit

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Students picking up recruitment forms
Students picking up recruitment forms

Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson is calling on all qualified youth to take advantage of the ongoing recruitment for the second phase of the 2019 National Cadet Program (NCP).

As per the scheme’s standards, those eligible for enrollment are recent college and vocational school graduates, as well as senior year university students, between 18-35 years old with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

The recruitment is taking place at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS): SKD Sports Complex; Mercy Corps Resource Center: AB Tolbert Road; Hope Recreation and Resource Center: Right-to-Play, SKD Sports Complex; Campuses of UL, AMEZU, AMEU, UMU and Stella Maris, all in Monrovia.

The recruitment, which started Monday, June 3, and ends on the 14th, will see cadets for the first time assign in both the public and private sectors.  

The MYS boss noted that 100 cadets are not a huge number, but the government is still working with partners to bring relief to the young people of Liberia.

He further said that his team of MYS officials and staff wants to see more youth employed, adding the NCP is designed to fit in the gap of unemployment, by giving young people the opportunity to work and gain job experience.

“This program, which is my heart beat, is one of the most prestigious programs at this ministry, so I am calling on only qualified folks to apply,” said the minister.

“It is no who knows you business. Rather, the recruitment is based on competence.”

The NCP is being funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA); through Mercy Corps and implemented by MYS. It aims to enhance the work experience and skills of beneficiaries, at the same time serving as pipeline for employment.

The recruitment starts days after Min. Wilson, Public Works Minister Mobutu Nyenpan and the Executive Director of the Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment, Quiwu P. Yeke, invited several youth to a meeting at the SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville to reaffirm government’s commitment to reducing unemployment in the country by providing jobs for the youth.