PetroCaribe Fund boosts CMI
The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has received $402 million in grant funding from the PetroCaribe Development Fund for the establishment of a Festo Authorised and Certified Training (FACT) Centre for specialised engineers.
The centre, which is slated to become operational in September 2017, will be the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean, and will offer world-class training and certification in robotics, mechatronics and automotive engineering.
It will be the fourth school of the CMI, which is located at Palisadoes Park in Kingston. Ground will be broken for the facility today.
Minister of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry, said the facility will advance skills development in the country and add to the Government's growth agenda.
The Festo certification is a global stamp of approval for specialised engineers such as those who will be trained at the CMI.
Executive Director of the CMI, Dr Fritz Pinnock, said the centre will bolster the institute's capabilities to deliver international certification in mechatronics and automation to meet the changing needs of the engineering industry.
"This will create certification and training for the new type of engineer, which is now being demanded," he said.
Pinnock noted that significant opportunities exist within the sector, informing that 4,307 Festo job openings exist in Singapore alone, with salary starting at US$5,000 per month.
CEO, PetroCaribe Develop-ment Fund, Dr Wesley Hughes, said the project represents an investment in technological advancement, a good sign for the continued development of Jamaica.
The establishment of the training centre is being undertaken in partnership with Festo Didactic, a world-leading company in the field of industrial automation and mechatronics, as well as other local players.