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  • With the hospitality industry set to deliver thousands of jobs over the medium term, the HEART Trust NTA is ensuring that it provides the necessary training of personnel for the sector.
  • He was responding to reporters at a recent press conference held at the HEART Trust/NTA head office, in St. Andrew.
  • The training institution is also involved in a collaborative effort with the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), to provide for the training needs for that sector.

With the hospitality industry set to deliver thousands of jobs over the medium term, the HEART Trust NTA is ensuring that it provides the necessary training of personnel for the sector.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the move, is geared at enabling Jamaica’s competitiveness in attracting investors from the international community.

“No more work permit in the hotel industry, more than for something temporary; it is my dream, in few years time-our people must show themselves so well trained, in that they can secure investment,” the Minister said.

He was responding to reporters at a recent press conference held at the HEART Trust/NTA head office, in St. Andrew.

“We must be ahead, so that Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) can go out (and say) we will not only train people for your industry, but we will have them ready. We must not (be) behind, no one should ever doubt that Jamaicans have the best attitudes, and the best training,” he added.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Wayne Wesley said part of the agency’s response to the training needs of the sector, is to expand its College of Hospitality Services, with emphasis on higher level training programmes, equipping persons to become supervisors, managers and entrepreneurs.

“Development in the tourism sector presents need for construction, agro-processing facilities, the performing arts and recreational areas, manufacturing and transportation; all of that is what we are coordinating to make sure that the entire workforce is ready and available,” he stated.

The training institution is also involved in a collaborative effort with the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), to provide for the training needs for that sector.