Hundreds benefit from skills training programme

December 03, 2016
Shantel Bradford (second left), trainee at the Professional Career Institute has the full attention of (from left) Marco Golden, trainee at the Girls' Town Professional Development Institute; Dr Wayne Wesley; executive director at the HEART Trust/NTA; and Dwayne Reeve, president and CEO at Parkland College. The occasion was the recently held closing ceremony for the CARICOM Education for Employment Youth Skills Development Programme at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

The CARICOM Education for Employment (C-EFE) Youth Skills Development Pre-Technology programme, has provided training for 614 under served youths between the ages of 17 to 29 years.

This exceeds its original target of 500. This was announced at the closing ceremony of the programme, held recently at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.

The pre-technology programme is a joint venture of the HEART Trust/NTA, C-EFE, Foreign Affairs Trade and Development Canada, UK Aid, Colleges and Institutes Canada, and the Canadian-based Parkland College.

The programme targeted youth in at-risk communities across the island and provided academic strengthening, personal (psycho-social) development and an introduction to a skills training programme.

Learners were exposed to several skill areas, including food and beverage preparation, agro-processing and information and communication technologies.


Excel and develop


Executive Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr Wayne Wesley, lauded the partners for making training opportunities more accessible.

"The Pre-tech programme has provided an opportunity for youths to excel and develop regardless of socio-economic background," said Dr Wesley.

He encouraged the participants to continue to build on the skills they have learnt to acquire the full National Vocational Qualifications of Jamaica certification offered by the HEART Trust/NTA.

Canada's Parkland College was chosen by the HEART Trust/NTA because of its significant experience in developing and providing a wide range of preparatory/pre-technology-based education and training programmes.

President of Parkland College, Dwayne Reeve, stated that many Canadian youths tackle the same social issues as Jamaicans.

"We absolutely appreciate the opportunity to be involved and be part of this programme as we have learnt so much through our interactions with the trainees and we will apply this to future projects and work at home," said Reeve.

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