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    • The HEART Trust/NTA will host its inaugural ‘Get Hired’ event on October 30, one of several initiatives that the institution is implementing to provide training and employment for young people.
    • Speaking with JIS News recently, Acting Director, Employment and Career Services, HEART, Rayharna Wright, said that 60 persons, aged 17-29, will have access to various employers pitching job offers to them.
    • They are all recent graduates of the HEART Trust/NTA National Apprenticeship Programme.

    The HEART Trust/NTA will host its inaugural ‘Get Hired’ event on October 30, one of several initiatives that the institution is implementing to provide training and employment for young people.

    Speaking with JIS News recently, Acting Director, Employment and Career Services, HEART, Rayharna Wright, said that 60 persons, aged 17-29, will have access to various employers pitching job offers to them.

    They are all recent graduates of the HEART Trust/NTA National Apprenticeship Programme.

    “Once the employers identify to us that there are entry-level positions available, what we will now do is to basically do what we call a speed dating. So, the employers for the first time are going to be pitching to these young people why they should join their organisation. After the pitch, these young persons will decide which employers they want to be interviewed by,” Ms. Wright explained.

    Meanwhile, in response to requests to certify workers who have jobs but do not have the requisite certification, the HEART Trust/NTA now has a mobile assessment unit.

    The unit has been in operation since January 2019. According to Managing Director, HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Janet Dyer, this new initiative has been creating waves.

    “We now have communities calling the organisation saying they have a group of young persons who are skilled in particular areas but have no certification, so we are going into the communities, where we do the assessment and when that is done, we also take the certificates to them,” she explained.

    “Organisations are also asking us to come in and certify their staff, so through our business development and assessment unit, we go into the companies to do these assessments,” Dr. Dyer added.

    As at the end of July, some 8,000 persons had been assessed and certified through the HEART Trust/NTA mobile assessment unit