Career & Education

HEART targets 14 per cent increase in training intake

Sunday, July 22, 2018

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State minister for Educati on, Youth and Information, Floyd Green says the Government expects a 14 per cent increase in the number of students trained in HEART Trust/NTA programmes this year.

Giving the keynote address at the opening ceremony for World Youth Skills Day 2018 at Garmex HEART Academy in Kingston on Tuesday, Green said the Government has set a target of having 134,000 young persons trained over the period.

He said this is possible due to the improved access to training opportunities through the integration of the National Youth Service, Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning, and the Apprenticeship Board with the HEART Trust/NTA to create a super training agency.

“As a Government, we have been improving access to skills training. We want to ensure that right across the length and breadth of Jamaica, any young person that wants to go into skills, there is an avenue. When you come to the HEART Trust, it is a one-stop shop. We provide assessments and then put you on a pathway towards skills education,” the state minister said.

Green called on young people to explore technical and vocational education and training areas as viable career options.

According to studies conducted by the HEART Trust's Labour Market Research and Intelligence Department, new and emerging occupational areas include 3D visualisers, big-data engineers, renewable energy specialists, accident reconstruction specialists, robotics engineers, mechatronic engineers, smart house infrastructure designers, and drone pilots.

The training agency, Green said, has an increased focus on specialisations, including training programmes targeted at high-employment industries such as business process outsourcing, tourism and hospitality, logistics and animation as well as construction and agriculture.

— JIS

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