This programme offers on-the-job paid work experience in a variety of trade areas for interested youth ages 18 to 29. The Apprenticeship Programme is available to young persons between the ages of 18 to 29 who have been registered at the Youth Employment Services and are currently unemployed. It is mandatory that they must first be registered with YES. 

How does it work?

Once registered with the Youth Employment Services and having indicated an interest in the Apprenticeship Programme, the registrant must participate in a mandatory training session.  After the session is completed young persons will be given the opportunity to be employed by businesses partnering with the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports and meet the criteria for selection for a period of six (6) months. The Department of Youth Affairs and Sports will provide payment for each youth under the Apprenticeship Programme up to maximum payment of seven hundred and fifty ($750.00) USD per month depending on the level of skills/qualifications; the employer is expected to match this amount. The youth will earn a total of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00) per month.

We are aware that some young persons who will be participating in the programme will have no previous experience and /or limited skills, while others may have a 2 year or 4 year degree. For this reason the rate of pay will be prorated from a minimum of four hundred dollars ($400.00) for persons who have little or no experience, five hundred dollars ($500.00) for persons who have acquired a 2 year to the maximum amount of seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750.00) for individuals who have acquired a 4 year degree and work experience.

The payment of Payroll Taxes will follow the current schedule. Taxes will not be paid until the individual earns ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00). Contributions to Social Security will be made by both Government and the Employer as per the current rate. Direct payment will made to the employee by the Government.


Step 1:  Register with the Youth Employment Services. Download application form below.   

Step 2:  Completed applications are returned to the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports with all supporting documents.

Supporting Documents

(1) Passport Sized Photo

Method of Applying

In Person or Email

Turn Around Time

1 - 2 weeks

Additional Notes


The Department of youth affairs and Sports will provide a pool of young persons to be hired in the MEC Apprenticeship Programme from the registrants of the Youth Employment Services who are seeking employment.

Once hired, and during the six month apprenticeship period, each participant will be treated by all intents and purposes as a real employee of the company. During this time the participant should be attached to an appointed mentor who will oversee the necessary training of the participant.

The employer is required to submit monthly reports to the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports on the progress of the participant. At the end of the 6 months the Employer will evaluate the performance of the participant and determine if he or she has met their requirements and can be retained by the company. Once the participant has been hired, for whichever position, it is expected that remuneration for the position held will be in keeping with the regular salary offered by the company.

If the participant is not hired at the end of the six month apprenticeship, he or she is not eligible to re-enter the programme for a period of one (1) year.

A new cohort of young persons will be selected to the second Apprenticeship period. The same terms apply. 


Department Contact Information

Department of Youth Affairs and Sports

Second Floor Ward's Building
Road Town, Tortola
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday  
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Email Address:

Telephone: 1(284) 468-4949
Fax: 1(284) 468-4948