JPS, CSJP signs MOUs for at-risk youth
Energy company JPS has signed two Memoranda of Understanding with the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), in the Ministry of National Security.
The signing ceremony which took place recently at the JPS Head Office at Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston, saw the Company entering into agreements to train and give internships to 45 at-risk youth.
Fifteen of the participants will be trained in lineman skills, enabling them to work on any electrical network in the world, while the other 30 will be offered on-the-job internships for six months, in different areas of the Company.
These persons have already received training in Electrical Installation, Electrical Maintenance, as well as certification from the Caribbean Secondary Education Council (CSEC). The interns will receive cross-training in various areas, including meter reading, field services, engineering, lineman support operations, among others.
The MOUs were signed by the Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, and President & CEO of JPS, Kelly Tomblin. The cost of the lineman training programme is just over $8.7M, of which CSJP will cover $6.465M with JPS contributing $2.25M.
Furthermore, JPS will spend another $17M facilitating the internship programme.
Speaking at the signing, Charles commended JPS on its contribution to nation building. He noted the importance of private/public sector partnerships and its significance in the lives of the participants.
Tomblin expressed her delight in being a part of a programme that offers hope to young adults in need of an opportunity for self development and employment. This programme, she also pointed out, will help to bring youthful input to the energy Company, and provide more diversity and quality entrants to the Company's teams islandwide.