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VTDI trainees receive scholarships in entertainment and event management

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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TWELVE students of the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) have been awarded scholarships to pursue the two-year entertainment and event management associate degree offered at the institution.

The scholarships were awarded at a special ceremony held at the institution last Thursday under the USAID- funded Advance Programme, which aims to strengthen the capacity of select technical, tertiary institutions in Jamaica, Guatemala and Honduras.

The Advance Programme is being implemented locally through the organisation Family Health International (FHI 360), to improve curriculum design, provide professional development opportunities for staff, and assist with placement of students in gainful employment after graduation.

“At the end of the day, these collaborative efforts are designed to help young people access new or better jobs. It will take energy, innovation and meaningful dialogue,” said Ruth Chisholm, Jamaica programme director, FHI 360.

The VTDI is the professional development arm of the HEART Trust/NTA and has been the flagship of its higher-level training programmes.

In delivering remarks on behalf of Dr Janet Dyer —managing director of the HEART Trust/NTA — Dr Henry Gray, director of learning resources development, lauded the collaboration between HEART and FHI 360 for enabling increased access to technical vocational education and training (TVET).

“These associate degree scholarships will enable the recipients to further hone and fine-tune their training, giving them a unique and distinct advantage in a competitive workforce and increasing their competence in entertainment and event management,” said Dr Gray.

Dr Marcia Rowe Amonde, senior director for TVET development and support systems at HEART Trust/NTA, noted that over the 2016/2017 financial year the organisation had enrolled 54,521 trainees and certified 21,378 .This included interventions in communities islandwide. Of this number, the VTDI enrolled 2,728 trainees.

Dr Rowe Amonde also stated that the partnership with FHI 360 promised boundless opportunities for the youths.

“This will prepare young people for careers such as event directors, managers, coordinators, tourism promotion managers, conference planners, festival coordinators, talent managers, sponsorship coordinators and convention planners,” said Rowe Amonde.

Delize Williams, director/ principal of the VTDI, commended the partners while adding that she welcomed the initiative to further the professional development of the VTDI trainees.

Recipients of the scholarship are MoeshaAllen, Shadee Clarke, Shantell Curtis, Deidre Ferguson, Querido Howell, Shernette Jones, Wade Mitchell, Brianna Morrision, Shakkor Scott, Amoy Smith, Keleece Stewart and Trudy-Ann Williams.

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