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The global economic recession has significantly affected unemployment rates across the world. Unfortunately, small island states such as Antigua and Barbuda have been hit particularly hard. Unemployment figures in Antigua and Barbuda currently stand at an estimated eleven percent (11%) and of this eleven percent, 19.9% represent youth ages 15-24. Comparatively speaking, this is a high rate as Antigua & Barbuda has the 59th highest youth unemployment rate of 129 countries .

In response to this issue, the Government of Antigua & Barbuda has taken the decision to combat this problem in the twin-island nation, especially with the youth, through the establishment of an ICT Cadet Boot camp. This boot camp is a short to medium -term programme to equip youth with entry level ICT skills as a means to obtaining gainful employment. According to the OECD Information Technology Outlook 2004, "In changing ways in which business is carried out, ICTs have led to productivity gains and new employment opportunities, with new demands in terms of workers' skills ."

The ICT Cadet Program is a recruitment initiative that targets individuals who have completed secondary school and/or completed their CXC examinations. It is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in working in Information Technology related fields to acquire technical skills as well as gain valuable workplace experience. It is envisaged that the majority of the cadets could proceed onto a path of self-entrepreneurship or pursue high education at places like the Antigua and Barbuda International Institute of Technology (ABIIT) or the University of the West Indies (UWI). This ICT Boot Camp will teach the cadets specific skills, tools and technologies over a 6-month period in a zero-distraction environment.

Mission and Vision
Building human capacity in Antigua and Barbuda.
Developing life building skills that will help students in their professional lives.
Equipping cadets with technical and theoretical ICT skills and training.
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