ABOUT 45 per cent of Fiji's population are youths between the ages of 15 and 35, according to statistics of Youth and Sports Ministry.
And given the youthfulness of the population, there is a need to provide quality training and skills to help youths earn income, says ministry acting principal youth officer Phillip Hereniko.
He told a beauty therapy training program in Labasa last week that steady progress was being made to help young people but more still needs to be done to help those who don't progress academically.
"Our training, education and youth development programs are designed to meet the challenges of youths. In this journey, one must know that nothing comes free in life. We must all work hard towards achieving our goals.
"We must take responsibility for our future and do something positive about it."
Mr Hereniko said young people were vulnerable to the social ills of our communities. "Peer pressure is one of the many reasons why young people make wrong choices that can lead to a regretful life. Make wise decisions and be a successful youth."