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  • Hundreds of students across the parish of Clarendon turned out for the HEART Trust/NTA’s career fair held in May Pen
  • Held under the theme: ‘Skills Training: The Pathway to Job Creation and Community Development’, the event also saw over a dozen booths showcasing the various skills departments at HEART
  • The HEART Trust/NTA’s community training intervention was also held in partnership with various organisations including the Social Development Commission; Caribbean Maritime Institute; Ministry of Labour and Social Security; and the National Centre for Youth Development.

Hundreds of students across the parish of Clarendon turned out for the HEART Trust/NTA’s career fair held at the St. James Methodist Church in May Pen on November 19.

The community intervention was held as part of efforts to expose students aged 17 and older to the diverse training options provided by the institution; job seeking skills; professionalism in the workplace; and preparing for the global marketplace.

Held under the theme: ‘Skills Training: The Pathway to Job Creation and Community Development’, the event also saw over a dozen booths showcasing the various skills departments at HEART including cosmetology, automotive, apparel and sewn products; ornamental agriculture; information technology, and business administration.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Career Development Officer at the HEART Trust/NTA, Kemisha Anderson-Thompson, said the expo was geared towards impacting the lives of both attached and unattached youths across the parish.

She noted that there are many young people leaving high school without a skill, a situation which often renders them unemployed, underemployed or unemployable.

Mrs. Anderson-Thompson said the HEART Trust has designed programmes to engage these youths and to change the course of their lives by equipping them with the necessary skills and training to successfully enter both the local and international job market.

She further informed that the institution’s labour market-driven product offerings have garnered international recognition in many career fields.

“As we prepare for the many opportunities that the logistics hub will make available, it is important that persons come on board to be trained to international standards,” she stated.

She, therefore, encouraged high school graduates “to take charge of their destiny” by applying to one of the agency’s many training programmes.

For his part, Manager, Community Training Intervention, Wayne Battiste, said community involvement and partnership is a critical component of the HEART Trust’s approach to training.

He noted that it has been proven that an unskilled population can have a disastrous impact on communities. As a result, the institution’s skills training programme is not simply an economics-driven initiative, but is also a powerful tool in social intervention.

Meanwhile, student of the Bustamante High School, Kay-Ann Wilkinson, said she was glad to have attended the career fair as she was provided with “life-changing” information.

Kay-Ann, who said she was impressed by all that the HEART Trust/NTA had to offer, informed that she is considering applying to the training institute to pursue a course in cosmetology. She noted that her goal is to one day own her own beauty salon.

The HEART Trust/NTA’s community training intervention was also held in partnership with various organisations including the Social Development Commission; Caribbean Maritime Institute; Ministry of Labour and Social Security; and the National Centre for Youth Development.

 

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