The Ministry of Youth and Sports has finally completed the recruitment of 71 youth for the second phase of the 2019 National Cadet Program (NCP).
The 71 cadets were recruited after a rigorous vetting process which started June 3, 2019 comprising of a call for application, screening of applications and finally face to face interview with host institutions, Civil Society Organization and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
This 2nd phase will see for the first time cadets deploy in both the public and private sector.
The University of Liberia and Access Bank will received the highest number of cadets for this cycle. Other institutions to receive cadets include: Ministry of Defense, Internal Affairs, Labor, Civil Service Agency (CSA), Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), National Investment Commission (NIC) and the Liberia Electricity Cooperation (LEC). Others are the National Elections Commission (NEC), Temple of Justice, Insurance Company of Africa (ICA) and the Internal Audit Agency (IAA).
Speaking at the opening of the pre-deployment workshop, Youth and Sports Assistant Minister for Youth Development Minister Emmanuel M. Johnson challenged cadets to see their inclusion as just the beginning to success.
He is calling on the cadets to exhibit their very best because they are ambassadors representing Youth and Sports, their various universities, institutions and also their families. He wants them to preform excellently at their assigned institutions regardless of what people will say.
“People will say that you have come to take their jobs, don’t be afraid, you are making progress; lazy people don’t get threaten, only successful people”, he stressed.
The Special Assistant in the office of the Minister, Mr. John Narrold Sunday rated the National Cadet Program as one of the most successful programs for young people in Liberia.
He wants youth to be concerned not only about youth unemployment, but rather youth employability. “You have to prepare to meet the challenges today and for the future because that is the only way you will shift your destiny and the country “he noted.
He extended congratulations to the newly recruited cadets on behalf of Minister D. Zeogar Wilson and informed them that the survival of the program depends on them. He informed them that the Minister wants them to make the best use of this opportunity. He also thanked the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, Mercy Corps for all the support they have given the National Cadet Program and the youth of Liberia.
The cadets will be assigned to the above mention institutions for the period of three months to acquirer work experience. This program is being funded by the Swedish Embassy; 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 National Cadet Program is one of the most prestigious programs run by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports with the aim of recruiting recent college and vocational school graduates, as well as senior year university students, between 18-35 years old with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 to give them on the job experience.