The first phase of the BY.ND programme was started in September 2002 and was designed to prepare Jamaican youths for employment and/or entrepreneurship opportunities. The programme was developed based on the circumstance that Jamaican youths are lacking in skills and work experience; consequently many are unemployable.
BY.ND is aimed at capturing the energies and potential of these youths by providing them with training and entrepreneurial opportunities. The BY.ND Youth Programme is now in its second phase since August 2004.
The programme targets youths within the age group of 17 to 29 for internship and 17 to 35 for the Grant Component. Ultimately the aim of the project is to reduce unemployment and poverty. To accomplish this, programme was broken down into 3 main components.
The Internship programme is essentially a training programme for persons who are desirous of garnering a skill. It is an on-the-job training where interns are placed with a “host” who guides and prepare them for three months in the skill area which they are interested in. After apprenticeship, having gained the necessary skills to perform on their own, if the intern is not employed by the host, they have the opportunity to apply for a business start up grant.