MYS Deploys 108 Cadets at Ministries and Agencies By N. Macaulay Paykue and Freddie Ross The Ministry of Youth and Sports has successfully deployed 108 cadets at 19 government ministries and agencies for phase two of the 2015/2016 edition of the National Cadet Program.
The youth, who were selected from among 340 applicants through a vigorous vetting process, have been placed for a period of six months – May 3 – October 3, 2016. Their deployment followed a 5-day training workshop held recently at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), where they acquired basic skills in leadership, communication, work ethics, teamwork, etc. Youth and Sports Minister Saah Charles N’Tow lauded the INGO Mercy Corps, for “breathing a new life” into a program that had been dormant, due to budget constraints, until 2013, when the INGO started supporting it.
The program is a Government of Liberia initiative which recruits university graduating seniors and recent university and college graduates, and deploys them in the public sector to develop their job readiness skills, following competitive vetting and training processes. The placement links beneficiaries to employment opportunities based on their on-the-job performances. The Cadet Program is being funded by the Swedish Embassy in Liberia, under Mercy Corps’ Promoting Sustainable Partnership for Economic Transformation (PROSPECTS) project.
It provides the opportunity for young people to express themselves, explore their talents and show that they can grow. At the deployment ceremony, the program’s National Coordinator Samuel K. Mappy, also commended Mercy Corps and the Swedish Embassy for continuing their support to the cadets. “I thank Mercy Crops and the Swedish Embassy for the level of support given over time, which helps our young people to have a first-hand on the-job training, because, nowadays when seeking jobs, experience counts,” said Coordinator Mappy, beaming with smiles.