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  • State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, on Friday, July 31, announced that a policy framework will shortly be created for Jamaica’s animation industry.
  • “We are going to develop a national strategy for how we will move forward in the sector,” the Minister said.
  • Mr. Robinson said the ‘train the trainers’ programme was held in recognition of the need to establish standards that govern the animation industry.

State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, on Friday, July 31, announced that a policy framework will shortly be created for Jamaica’s animation industry.

“We are going to develop a national strategy for how we will move forward in the sector,” the Minister said.

He was speaking with JIS News, at a ceremony to present certificates to 21 animation specialists who participated in a four-week training programme, at the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) on Gordon Town Road, St Andrew.

Mr. Robinson said the ‘train the trainers’ programme was held in recognition of the need to establish standards that govern the animation industry.

“A number of institutions were offering animation training, but there were no standards across the board. What we are trying to do is to establish a standard,” he said.

The animation specialists, who are instructors at tertiary institutions such as the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona; Edna Manley School for the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA); Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC); and VTDI, benefited from training in the fundamentals of 2D and 3D animation, delivered by experts from Capilano University in Canada.

These specialists are now able to train others and, in the process, assist in building a pool of persons who are qualified, up to international standards.

Meanwhile, Mr. Robinson is hopeful that Jamaica can tap into the earnings of the lucrative animation industry, which he said can potentially generate approximately US$220 billion.

He believes, however, that this can only be accomplished by having trained specialists who are equipped with effective teaching strategies, techniques, and methodologies in the fundamental principles of animation.

The first of its kind in Jamaica, train the trainers programme is part of the Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) project, being facilitated under an agreement signed by the Science Technology, Energy, and Mining Ministry and World Bank Group.