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  • The HEART Trust/National Training Agency (HEART/NTA) will be partnering with several tertiary institutions, to provide training that will equip persons for employment in several emerging sectors.
  • Key among these areas are the tourism and hospitality; Business Process Outsourcing (BPO); and logistics sectors, in which Executive Director, Dr. Wayne Wesley, notes there has been “strong indication” of “significant investments”, in recent months.
  • Dr. Wesley explained that the partnership aims to ensure that persons in the workforce, seeking to take up potential job opportunities in these sectors, are adequately trained and prepared to do so.

 

The HEART Trust/National Training Agency (HEART/NTA) will be partnering with several tertiary institutions, to provide training that will equip persons for employment in several emerging sectors.

Key among these areas are the tourism and hospitality; Business Process Outsourcing (BPO); and logistics sectors, in which Executive Director, Dr. Wayne Wesley, notes there has been “strong indication” of “significant investments”, in recent months.

Speaking at the recent launch of HEART’S new mobile services programme, in Duckenfield, St. Thomas, Dr. Wesley explained that the partnership aims to ensure that persons in the workforce, seeking to take up potential job opportunities in these sectors, are adequately trained and prepared to do so.

While noting that HEART was “intent” on training and certifying persons,

Dr. Wesley said the agency acknowledged that “we don’t have the full capacity to do that”, adding that “one way to expand capacity and build capability, is through partnerships.”

Citing tourism and hospitality as an initial area of focus, the Executive Director advised that HEART has convened a national committee that will explore how best to incorporate the inputs of tertiary institutions currently offering training in this area.

 

“We are going to be working with…the College of Agriculture, Science, and Education (CASE); University of Technology (UTech); University of the West Indies (UWI); Mico University College; Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA); and  G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, (among others)…to ensure that that workforce is ready,” he indicated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Wesley advised that HEART now offers a programme leading to certification in renewable energy.

“Energy is critical to what we do in Jamaica,…and at the National Tool and Engineering Institute, we have a cohort of persons currently being trained in renewable energy. They will be graduating very shortly to help with (further development of) the solar energy sector in Jamaica,” he informed.

HEART’s mobile services programme is designed to further expand the agency’s delivery of technical and vocational education and training.

The venture, which was launched Prime Minister Simpson Miller, is the first being undertaken in Jamaica.

Residents in rural communities, who do not currently have access to technical and vocational training and education offered through HEART’s network of over 30 academies and affiliated training institutions, will be targeted.

This will be undertaken through the utilisation of mobile laboratories and career counselling units.

The first two of these facilities, the ‘HEART  Sparks’ mobile welding laboratory, and ‘Career Coach’ counselling unit, which will be based at St. Thomas Technical High School, were unveiled during the launch.

 

The laboratory is the first of three that will be rolled out during the 2015/16 fiscal year.

Two additional facilities that will provide training in food preparation and electronics maintenance and repair, along with another career counselling unit, will also be provided by HEART.

The mobile services initiative is consistent with the Government’s Human Capital Strategic Priority, focusing on education for individual advancement and national development.