Career & Education

Entrepreneurs learn the keys to success from Saint International boss

CEO of Saints International’s Deiwght Peters (right) engages chief executive officer of Jamaica Business Development Corporation Valerie Veira (left) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Harold Davis in conversation at a lunchtime mentoring session the corporation hosted on Wednesday at Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

He candidly concedes that he made a ton of mistakes on his way to success, but bank staffer-turned-model management mogul and television host Deiwght Peters will gladly tell you that they have served as valuable lessons. That learning from failing, plus “belly bottom burning passion”, d ... Read More

(Front row from left) Director/ principal of the Vocational Training Development Institute(VTDI) Delize Williams, minister of state in the Ministry of National Security Pearnel Charles Jr, senior director for Workforce Development and Employment at the HEART Trust/ NTA Denworth Finnikin, deputy commissioner of corrections in the Department of Correctional Services Joyce Stone and senior lecturer and educational outreach specialist at the VTDI Dr Kordel Brown share a photo op with correctional officers (back row from left) Carlington Russell, Edward Lawrence, Charlane Williams, Cleopatra Howard-Burton, Wayne Laidlaw and Patrick Taylor. The occasion was the recent opening ceremony for the Train-the- Trainer programme at the VTDI. Warders to impart skills training to inmates
AS the prison system inches closer towards a rehabilitative approach to justice, the Ministry of Nat ... Read More

REID... If we are going to make sure that our students master mathematics, the teaching has got to be fun as well (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Teachers urged to find creative ways to teach maths
Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid is challenging teachers to find new a ... Read More

Nicole McLaren Campbell and Bishop Henry Fernandez are two of
the speakers lined up for this Friday’s success conference targeting
students and young people. Second success conference this Friday
Students and young people from across the island are being invited to participate in a development a ... Read More

Mico launches conversation series

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Professor Neville Ying

The Mico Universiy College announced on Wednesday that it will begin a series of public discussion fora with a view to engaging the nation in the development and implementation of education policy. The first in the series, called The Mico Education Conversation Series, is set for this Wednesday, March 23, at the Enos Nuttal Lecture Theatre, on the Mico campus on Marescaux Road, starting at 6:00 pm. The topic of discussion will be: ‘Migration of Teachers: Opportunities for game-changing ... Read More

Nestlé Jamaica takes on youth unemployment

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Stephen Summers, supply chain manager at Nestlè (right), conducts a live session with Rory at Friday’s Nestlé Needs YOUth career fair.

Hundreds of students from university campuses across the Corporate Area flocked Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology, Jamaica’s Papine campus for the second staging of the Nestlé Needs YOUth event aimed at facilitating youth development in Jamaica. A three-year programme, Nestlé Needs YOUth lends support to young people in their transition from university to the workforce. Through this programme, Nestlé aims to contribute to th ... Read More

Teachers are therapists too

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Dr Karla Hylton. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Child abuse is more widespread and affects more social and economic groups in our society than the statistics suggest. Confronting the scourge requires intervention not only from the authorities, but from the entire community. Educators, in particular, have a major role to play in identifying and reporting cases of abuse, in addition to helping victimised students through the healing process. Nowadays, educators must take on the role of therapist as well as teacher. Children spend a large por ... Read More

Hidden Figures inspires girls who code

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Mother and daughter duo enjoy the Jamaica Girls who Code screening of Hidden Figures..

Learning how to code is good for your brain’s development and can take you to the top of your chosen profession. That’s what Melanie Subratie, chairperson of Jamaica Girls Coding, told more than 80 girls, aged 11-14, from high schools and places of safety, at a special viewing of the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures late last month. The film, starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson, and Janelle Monae, tells the story of a group of black women who played pivotal roles in the e ... Read More

MIND starts diploma in auditing

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Fayval Williams addressing the launch of the Management Institute of National Development’s launch of the Diploma in Auditing.(JIS)

The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) has launched a Diploma in Auditing programme aimed at enhancing the skills and competencies of auditors in the public and private sectors. The diploma programme was developed through collaboration with the Internal Audit Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and replaces the auditing techniques programme previously offered by MIND. State minister in the Ministry of Finance Fayval Williams, speaking at the launch c ... Read More

GSAT students get anti-stress lessons

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Observer writer | Friday, March 17, 2017    

Grade six students at Rousseau Primary practise exercise techniques that will help to ward off stress, anxiety and tension while they complete their exams. (Photo: Christina Reid)

AFTER months of preparing for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), students completed the first set of papers yesterday and will be free when they complete the final sitting today. While much work has been invested to ensure students were equipped with the right material for each assessment, one St Andrew-based school wanted to make sure that its students were also armed with the appropriate techniques to manage the stress and other anxieties during the exam. Last week, for the second conse ... Read More

Wheatley says UTech’s degree critical to regional cooperation on climate change

Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley says the Master’s of Science in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change recently launched at the University of Technology (UTech) will play an important role in Jamaica’s collaboration with Caricom on green economy development. “It is a pioneer programme that will graduate critical thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs in the sustainable energy and green economy fields,” Dr Wheatley told last Tuesday’s Re ... Read More

Jamaica’s Michelle Thomas up for Commonwealth award

Sunday, March 12, 2017    

THOMAS... to be a lawyer and not give back to society would be the higest level of hypocrisy (Photo: Courtsesy of Commonwealth)

Twenty-five-year-old ttorney-at-law Michelle Thomas of Jamaica is a finalist in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work. Thomas, who hails from Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, is going up against 16 other young people from 13 countries across the Commonwealth, among them the founder of a youth-led organisation in Papua New Guinea that uses sport as a tool to end violence against women, and the owner of a Nigerian company which uses geo-mapping to recycle waste. For ... Read More

Airy Castle readies for GSAT despite fire, no electricity

Sunday, March 12, 2017    

The block at Airy Castle Primary which housed the canteen, resource room and library was destroyed by fire a month ago.

Less than a week before its students sit the high-school qualifying Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Airy Castle Primary School in St Thomas has no electricity and does not know when the utility will be restored. GSAT is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17 respectively. A fire at the school razed the library, computer lab/resource room and canteen a month ago, causing extensive infrastructure damage and knocking out power to the facility. Since then, the students have ha ... Read More

Should I study forensic accounting?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, March 12, 2017    

Dear Career Advisor: I came across one of your columns and I believe you provide well-needed assistance to those who have concerns regarding career choices. I am also in need of your assistance. I am a third year student at one of our local universities pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. My major is accounting, with a minor in international business. A friend encouraged me to start thinking about what type of accountant I would like to become. Upon doing research, I ... Read More



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