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New Imani Program

New Imani Program

The New Imani Project Process

Need Addressed by Imani Program

According to a 2008 country poverty assessment report for Grenada, youth unemployment accounts for 36 % of total unemployment. The New Imani programme is implemented to reduce unemployment thereby reducing poverty levels among the targeted youth population.

Program Goal

The New Imani Program aims to reduce unemployment providing an avenue for the holistic development of the nation’s youth, through career orientation, exposure to work environments, involvement in community development initiatives, skill training and a certification programme for self-development.

Intended Recipients

Youth between the ages of 18 - 35 throughout the tri-island state of Grenada.

Application

ACCESS TO APPLICATION FORMS

Young people will be able to access application forms from the Ministry's Web site, Ministerial complex and Imani Secretariat (Youth Center).

PLACES TO DROP OFF FORMS

These forms can be dropped off at:

  • Youth Center
  • Ministerial Complex
  • Various Parliamentary Offices

FORM HANDLING PROCEDURES

  • Ministerial Complex
    • At the Ministry, the Coordinator of Youth will collect these forms and submit them to the Program Manager (Imani) every week.
  • Parliamentary Offices
    • At the various parliamentary offices, Youth Officers will collect forms on a fortnightly basis and deliver it to the ministry/youth centre.
  • Imani Secretariat
    • Moreover, forms delivered at the Imani Secretariat will go to the office administrative officer; who will pass it to the respective data entry officer. Then, the data entry personnel will enter the information into the respective database for processing.

Selection

  • Training Placement areas have been identified and Government  economic development priority focus areas highlighted
  • Candidates have been selected according to placement availability and focus for development areas
  • The percentage ratio of candidates with academic or technical qualifications is as follows; advanced qualifications 30%; some qualifications 35%; no or below basic entry level qualification 35%
  • Not more than 30% of selected candidates are based on recommendations
  • Percentage ratio of males to females is 40% to 60% respectively.

SELECTION PROCESS

Trainees are selected based on the above-mentioned criteria.

  1. The recruitment and selection officer will select trainees for training
  2. The selection list will be forwarded to the Imani Program manager for vetting and verification.
  3. The revised list will go to the Coordinator of Youth who will perform the second verification and will submit it to the Permanent Secretary for approval.
  4. Permanent Secretary will examine the list and submit the modified version for approval from the Minister
  5. Minister will examine and make a decision on it. If the selections are approved, the Permanent Secretary will give the directive to commence training
  6. Successful Trainees will be notified, interviewed and oriented
  7. Training starts

Interview

Selected persons are notified and interviewed two weeks before the start of training. During the interview, additional/missing information are collected to complete the individual's data entry. In addition, banking and NIS information are verified. However, persons without NIS Card will be given a letter to facilitate the processing of the NIS Registration. Trainees are given one week to submitted missing NIS and banking information.

Orientation

The Trainees’ Orientation will be a one-day event (preferably the Friday before the commencement of training).

At this event, trainees will:

  • Receive an orientation 
  • Participate in an Introduction to the Imani Program Workshop.

The orientation kit will contain:

  • An IMANI Brochure (a brief outline of the IMANI Program)
  • A Commencement Letter 
  • A Copy of the Disciplinary Code 
  • A Memorandum of Understanding which is signed 
  • A Description of Tasks/Job Descriptions, relevant to the area of training.

Training

Participants should receive at minimum the following training where applicable:

  • At least 200 hours of Life Skills 
  • At least 3,600 hours of apprenticeship training
  • At least 120 hours of entrepreneurship training
  • At least 120 hours of direct skills training
  • At least 1,800 hours of community development training and capacity building
  • At least 400 hours of CCSLC English and Math Instructions delivered

Training Facilitation

  • Life Skills Facilitators have successfully participated in eight(8) hours of training prior to delivering lesson content
  • Direct Skills and entrepreneurship facilitators have been audited and certified by the NTA
  • Direct Skills Training venues have been audited and certified by the NTA
  • Training Material including the following: audio/visual equipment, manuals/handouts and stationery are provided to all facilitators for each batch of training.
  • Training sites(apprenticeship) have been audited and certified by the NTA
  • Employer Mentorship has been training conducted

Special Activities during Life Skills

  • Week 1: Baseline Survey of trainees
  • Week 8: Placement of trainees finalized
  • Week 9: Trainees interviews for job sites
  • Week 10: Stakeholder Forum

All trainees should be placed one week after the end of life skill training.

Supervision

All Imani Supervisors maintain and submit a copy of a two-week schedule which is submitted on the first Monday and second Friday of each month

  • Life Skills
    • After two weeks of starting life skills, all Imani Supervisors have confirmed enrolled participants to the program
    • All Imani supervisors complete a weekly attendance register which is submitted electronically every Monday.
    • All Imani supervisors ensure that trainee MOUs are signed by each trainee and that a copy is provided to the trainee and also is placed in the individual file of each trainee
    • All Imani Supervisors submit an electronic weekly report every Friday
    • All Imani supervisors ensure that the operational manual is followed with respect to; attendance requirements; code of conduct; and disciplinary code, and ensure that the appropriate measures are taken in instances of a breach of the program standards
  • Apprenticeship
    • A behavioural assessment is filled out by the on the job supervisor and completed and submitted by the Imani supervisor for each trainee every month
    • A work competency assessment is filled out by the on the job supervisor and completed and submitted by the Imani supervisor for each trainee every quarter
    • All trainees have been registered with the NTA at the start of the Apprenticeship training
    • Direct Skills/Community Development
    • All facilitators maintain a monthly attendance register which is collected and submitted by the 5th  working day of each month by the Imani Supervisor
    • All Imani supervisors hold a meeting with their assigned trainees at least once bi-weekly  and submit a report on the following Monday
  • Entrepreneurship
    • Each entrepreneur has been visited by the supervisory team comprising of: loans officer; Small Business Coordinator 
    • The assigned Youth Officer has paid a visit at least twice per month 
    • Mid-course assessments have been conducted for each course

Employment Agency Request and Trainee Assignment

  • All Employment agencies requesting trainee placements have submitted a request letter addressed to the MoY Permanent Secretary or have submitted a request form
  • Written approval from the Permanent Secretary is provided to all approved requests for trainee placements 
  • Imani Officials have conducted assessments of all apprenticeship sites prior to approval decision
  • A job description is provided by all employment agencies requesting trainee placements
  • An MoU is signed and filed for each employment agency prior to the commencement of apprenticeship training.

Certification

  • Life Skills
    • 90% attendance
  • Direct Skills Training
    • 90% attendance
    • successful assessment completed by NTA
  • Apprenticeship
    • 90% attendance
    • successful NTA assessment
  • Entrepreneurship
    • 90% attendance at training
    • 85% grade in the final overall entrepreneurship assessment
  • Community Development
    • 90% attendance
    • successful NTA assessment

Stakeholders

  • Department of Youth 
  • Targeted recipients
  • Employment Agencies
  • Facilitators/Training Providers
  • Government Ministries
  • General Public/Community
  • Media
  • NTA
  • TAMCC
  • GIDC
  • GCIC
  • GDB
  • Other financial institutions

New Imani Program

The New Imani Project Process

Need Addressed by Imani Program

According to a 2008 country poverty assessment report for Grenada, youth unemployment accounts for 36 % of total unemployment. The New Imani programme is implemented to reduce unemployment thereby reducing poverty levels among the targeted youth population.

Program Goal

The New Imani Program aims to reduce unemployment providing an avenue for the holistic development of the nation’s youth, through career orientation, exposure to work environments, involvement in community development initiatives, skill training and a certification programme for self-development.

Intended Recipients

Youth between the ages of 18 - 35 throughout the tri-island state of Grenada.

Application

ACCESS TO APPLICATION FORMS

Young people will be able to access application forms from the Ministry's Web site, Ministerial complex and Imani Secretariat (Youth Center).

PLACES TO DROP OFF FORMS
These forms can be dropped off at:

  • Youth Center
  • Ministerial Complex
  • Various Parliamentary Offices

FORM HANDLING PROCEDURES
Ministerial Complex

At the Ministry, the Coordinator of Youth will collect these forms and submit them to the Program Manager (Imani) every week.

Parliamentary Offices

At the various parliamentary offices, Youth Officers will collect forms on a fortnightly basis and deliver it to the ministry/youth centre.

Imani Secretariat

Moreover, forms delivered at the Imani Secretariat will go to the office administrative officer; who will pass it to the respective data entry officer. Then, the data entry personnel will enter the information into the respective database for processing.

Selection

  • Training Placement areas have been identified and Government  economic development priority focus areas highlighted
  • Candidates have been selected according to placement availability and focus for development areas
  • The percentage ratio of candidates with academic or technical qualifications is as follows; advanced qualifications 30%; some qualifications 35%; no or below basic entry level qualification 35%
  • Not more than 30% of selected candidates are based on recommendations
  • Percentage ratio of males to females is 40% to 60% respectively.

SELECTION PROCESS

Trainees are selected based on the above-mentioned criteria.

Step One (1)
The recruitment and selection officer will select trainees for training

Step Two (2)
The selection list will be forwarded to the Imani Program manager for vetting and verification.

Step Three (3)
The revised list will go to the Coordinator of Youth who will perform the second verification and will submit it to the Permanent Secretary for approval.

Step Four (4)
Permanent Secretary will examine the list and submit the modified version for approval from the Minister

Step Five (5)
Minister will examine and make a decision on it.
If the selections are approved, the Permanent Secretary will give the directive to commence training

Step Six (6)
Successful Trainees will be notified, interviewed and oriented

Step Seven (7)
Training starts

Interview

Selected persons are notified and interviewed two weeks before the start of training. During the interview, additional/missing information are collected to complete the individual's data entry. In addition, banking and NIS information are verified. However, persons without NIS Card will be given a letter to facilitate the processing of the NIS Registration. Trainees are given one week to submitted missing NIS and banking information.

Orientation

The Trainees’ Orientation will be a one-day event (preferable the Friday before the commencement of training).

At this event, trainees will:

• Receive an orientation
• Participate in an Introduction to the Imani Program Workshop.

The orientation kit will contain:

• An IMANI Brochure (a brief outline of the IMANI Program)
• A Commencement Letter
• A Copy of the Disciplinary Code
• A Memorandum of Understanding which is signed
• A Description of Tasks/Job Descriptions, relevant to the area of training.

Training

Participants should receive at minimum the following training where applicable:

• At least 200 hours of Life Skills
• At least 3,600 hours of apprenticeship training
•At least 120 hours of entrepreneurship training
• At least 120 hours of direct skills training
• At least 1,800 hours of community development training and capacity building
• At least 400 hours of CCSLC English and Math Instructions delivered

Training Facilitation
• Life Skills Facilitators have successfully participated in eight(8) hours of training prior to delivering lesson content
• Direct Skills and entrepreneurship facilitators have been audited and certified by the NTA
• Direct Skills Training venues have been audited and certified by the NTA
• Training Material including the following: audio/visual equipment, manuals/handouts and stationery are provided to all facilitators for each batch of training.
Training sites(apprenticeship) have been audited and certified by the NTA
• Employer Mentorship has been training conducted

Special Activities during Life Skills
Week 1: Baseline Survey of trainees
Week 8: Placement of trainees finalized
Week 9: Trainees interviews for job sites
Week 10: Stakeholder Forum

All trainees should be placed one week after the end of life skill training.

Supervision

• All Imani Supervisors maintain and submit a copy of a two-week schedule which is submitted on the first Monday and second Friday of each month
 
Life Skills

• After two weeks of starting life skills, all Imani Supervisors have confirmed enrolled participants to the program
• All Imani supervisors complete a weekly attendance register which is submitted electronically every Monday.
• All Imani supervisors ensure that trainee MOUs are signed by each trainee and that a copy is provided to the trainee and also is placed in the individual file of each trainee
• All Imani Supervisors submit an electronic weekly report every Friday
• All Imani supervisors ensure that the operational manual is followed with respect to; attendance requirements; code of conduct; and disciplinary code, and ensure that the appropriate measures are taken in instances of a breach of the program standards

Apprenticeship

• A behavioural assessment is filled out by the on the job supervisor and completed and submitted by the Imani supervisor for each trainee every month
• A work competency assessment is filled out by the on the job supervisor and completed and submitted by the Imani supervisor for each trainee every quarter
• All trainees have been registered with the NTA at the start of the Apprenticeship training

Direct Skills/Community Development

• All facilitators maintain a monthly attendance register which is collected and submitted by the 5th  working day of each month by the Imani Supervisor
• All Imani supervisors hold a meeting with their assigned trainees at least once bi-weekly  and submit a report on the following Monday

Entrepreneurship

• Each entrepreneur has been visited by the supervisory team comprising of: loans officer; Small Business Coordinator
• The assigned Youth Officer has paid a visit at least twice per month
• Mid-course assessments have been conducted for each course

Employment Agency Request and Trainee Assignment

• All Employment agencies requesting trainee placements have submitted a request letter addressed to the MoY Permanent Secretary or have submitted a request form
• Written approval from the Permanent Secretary is provided to all approved requests for trainee placements
• Imani Officials have conducted assessments of all apprenticeship sites prior to approval decision
• A job description is provided by all employment agencies requesting trainee placements
• An MoU is signed and filed for each employment agency prior to the commencement of apprenticeship training.

Certification

Life Skills

• 90% attendance

Direct Skills Training

• 90% attendance
• successful assessment completed by NTA

Apprenticeship

• 90% attendance
• successful NTA assessment

Entrepreneurship

• 90% attendance at training
• 85% grade in the final overall entrepreneurship assessment

Community Development

• 90% attendance
• successful NTA assessment

Stakeholders

• Department of Youth
• Targeted recipients
• Employment Agencies
• Facilitators/Training Providers
• Government Ministries
• General Public/Community
• Media
• NTA
• TAMCC
• GIDC
• GCIC
• GDB
• Other financial institutions