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  • Some 400 persons are expected to attend the HEART Trust/NTA’s inaugural Labour Market Research Day scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 under the theme: ‘Labour Market Information: A National Imperative for Career and Economic Development’.
  • Targeted are training providers, career and guidance counsellors, researchers, policymakers, employers and secondary and tertiary level students.
  • Research Day forms a part of HEART Trust/NTA’s annual Career Development Awareness Week from February 13-19.

Some 400 persons are expected to attend the HEART Trust/NTA’s inaugural Labour Market Research Day  scheduled for Tuesday, February 16 under the theme: ‘Labour Market Information: A National Imperative for Career and Economic Development’.

Director of Marketing and Communications at the agency, Natalie Fearon, said the day’s activities will be divided into two segments – a general session at the Jamaica Conference Centre from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, which will involve presentations and booth displays; and a public forum at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Mrs. Fearon noted that Research Day is intended to increase public awareness about labour market research information and promote its use and benefits.

Targeted are training providers, career and guidance counsellors, researchers, policymakers, employers and secondary and tertiary level students.

“The main objectives are to share knowledge on the use of labour market information programme planning and the associated impacts; provide stakeholders with labour market information and trends; guide students and potential students in deciding on careers; and equip career development officers and guidance counsellors with the right tools and knowledge to guide students,” she explained.

Keynote speaker will be the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson.

Other presenters include: Senior Specialist, Skills and Employability at the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Regional Office in Trinidad and Tobago,

Dr. Hassan Ndahi; Senior Labour Market Analyst in the Labour Ministry, Shaine Palmer; and Manager of the Human and Community Development Unit, Social Policy Planning and Research Division of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Steven Kerr.

Research Day forms a part of HEART Trust/NTA’s annual Career Development Awareness Week from February 13-19.

The week involves collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Junior Achievement Jamaica under the theme: ‘Career Development: A National Imperative’.