Gov’t Providing $100M for High School Tourism Certification Programme

Photo: Donald De La Haye Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, makes a point during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today (May 8). At left is Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck.

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  • The Ministries of Tourism; and Education, Youth and Information are collaborating to provide $100 million to launch the first certification programme for high-school students to gain entry-level qualification for the hospitality industry.
  • Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the initiative aims to establish a curriculum that prepares secondary students for employment in the sector, while emphasising that “training is a key part of the human capital development programme for the Ministry”.
  • Mr. Bartlett also highlighted the human resource development programme being undertaken at the recently established Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which graduated 150 students three weeks ago.

The Ministries of Tourism; and Education, Youth and Information are collaborating to provide $100 million to launch the first certification programme for high-school students to gain entry-level qualification for the hospitality industry.

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the initiative aims to establish a curriculum that prepares secondary students for employment in the sector, while emphasising that “training is a key part of the human capital development programme for the Ministry”.

He was speaking during his 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8).

Mr. Bartlett also highlighted the human resource development programme being undertaken at the recently established Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), which graduated 150 students three weeks ago.

The institute trains and certifies persons with the requisite qualifications that will enable them to secure employment anywhere in the world.

Mr. Bartlett said this is a significant turning point in engendering professionalism in the industry and augmenting labour market reform.

The JCTI is an assessment institution that provides specialist education tailored to improve competitiveness and employment opportunities in the tourism sector. Target areas include hospitality, culinary arts, and management.

Its programmes, which include a partnership with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), are expected to certify more than 8,000 people over the next five years.

Mr. Bartlett also informed that the labour market is being reviewed in a bid to create better workers and enhance the work environment, thereby facilitating fair and decent work for all that results in improved productivity, among other positive outcomes.

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