JIS News

HEART/NTA is now investing heavily in the establishment of the Career Advancement Programme which focuses on Jamaican youths who are unable to take advantage of training opportunities and certification programmes because they do not meet the required educational standards.

Speaking at a Jamaica House press Briefing yesterday April 6, Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz said, the Agency collaborated with the National Youth Service, the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning and the Transformation Team in the Ministry of Education.

Minister Vaz said the Reports highlighted that HEART/NTA  forged 16 new partnerships, the major ones being with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) which provided support for the training of early childhood teachers; the European Union,  which provided training for banana farmers and Commonwealth of Learning and the Government of India; which provided training in Information and Communications Technology.

Minister Vaz noted that the HEART/NTA Agency expanded its range of standards for higher level qualifications, which is in keeping with the organizations strategic objective to expand higher level training options.

HEART/NTA  developed its five year Strategic plan for 2009-2014 which focused on broadening and strengthening Jamaica’s training and workforce development, in alignment with the national outcomes for education and training which is set out in Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan.  

“Job placements of 5,911 graduates were 79.7 percent of target, representing an increase of 208 persons placed during the 2007/2008 financial year” Minister Vaz added.


Issued by: The Office of the Prime Minister