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Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry Wilson, has said that the government is in negotiations with the Spanish government to establish a hospitality and language training institution in the island.
The Minister, who made the announcement at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and Cable and Wireless-sponsored Job Creation Awards ceremony held today (Sept. 26) at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, noted that the facility would target persons in the hotel industry.
“This institution will provide high-end hospitality training and language training because more and more persons who are in the tourism industry, require at least two languages and that does not include our local vernacular,” she said.
She added that, with the proliferation of Spanish hotel chains in the island, the operators “have seen the need for having not just persons who speak Spanish for entertainment, but receptionists, persons who are in the kitchen [and] they need chefs for Spanish cuisines.”
In the meanwhile, the Education Minister informed that the government was seeking to upgrade the training programme for Spanish teachers at teachers’ colleges across the island. “This way, you have persons who are competent, so that Spanish therefore genuinely becomes another language. You cannot operate in this environment without one foreign language,” she pointed out.
At the awards ceremony, the RJR Communications Group was presented with the Job Creation Award, which is awarded to companies which have created 25 new jobs in the past 12 months.
Ricketts Production and Cage Aubergine also received the small business award, which is presented to small entities which have created five new jobs over a 12-month period.

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