JIS News

The old Goodyear Tyre Factory in White Horses, St. Thomas is to be converted into a call centre operation, through funding from the charity group, Upliftment Jamaica.
“They intend to establish a call centre facility and over time, hundreds of residents of the parish will be employed here after being trained,” said Commerce, Science and Technology Minister, Phillip Paulwell.He was speaking to JIS News following the organization’s annual award’s gala, which was held on Saturday (Dec.10) at the factory.
Mr. Paulwell added that over the past six years, Upliftment Jamaica had injected a lot of resources in the parish and the conversion of the Goodyear facility into a training centre, was just another step in the organization’s overall effort to empower young people and develop St. Thomas.
“We had established the facility some time ago on the basis of a vision that we can use information communication technology, to transform Jamaica and this is going to demonstrate how we can transform an industry that was based on cheap labour to one that is now based on more value, more training and more human resources content,” he noted.
Upliftment Jamaica is a non-profit organization headed by Gary Foster, a St. Thomas native now residing in the United States, and is dedicated to providing opportunities to empower young people to change their lives and to transform the country.
Saturday’s function saw over 24 awards being handed out to representatives of the local and international entertainment fraternity, as well as corporate executives, for their support to the organization.
The keynote address at the function was delivered by American civil rights activist, Rev. Al Sharpton, who called on civil society to support the activities of Upliftment Jamaica.