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March 17, 2014
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HEART/nta, CSJP to train residents in construction
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer

The Human Employment and Resource Training Trust/National Training Agency (HEART/NTA), in collaboration with the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), has embarked on a programme to train 20 Central Village, St Catherine, residents in general construction.

The participants recently received orientation at the Windsor Heights Community Centre.

''We are training you for one year to be certified tradesmen in masonry,carpentry and steel work. It will be a practical course where you will be given tests and assessed based on how well you do on the competence,'' deputy manager of HEART, Leroy Lindsay, told the participants ages 18 to 62.

He said once certified, they can work with worldwide certification, as while many have the skills, it's more acceptable to be certified.

''I am 62-years-old and am very pleased to be getting certified, as I have been building houses since 1972, but now I realise that certification is very important to the industry. I am even more pleased to have several of the youth in the community involved,'' resident and participant, Elif Headley, said.

The 12-month course will see the participants being taken through all aspects of the construction industry.

Member of Parliament Denise Daley endorsed the programme as positive for the community and promised to constantly monitor its progress.

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