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    • Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde and her delegation, yesterday (June 28) observed the programmes offered at the HEART College of Construction Services, in Portmore, St. Catherine, during a tour of the institution.
    • The other institutions include: the HEART College of Hospitality Services; the HEART College of Beauty Services; and the HEART College of Innovation and Technology.
    • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who participated in the tour said, “We are so happy that she (Miss Lagarde), was impressed by all she saw...

    Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde and her delegation, yesterday (June 28) observed the programmes offered at the HEART College of Construction Services, in Portmore, St. Catherine, during a tour of the institution.

    The College is one of seven institutions, which have been renamed/upgraded as part of the conditions under the Government’s four-year US$958 million agreement with the IMF. The other institutions include:  the HEART College of Hospitality Services; the HEART College of Beauty Services; and the HEART College of Innovation and Technology.

    Four technical, vocational, and education training institutes were also established, including: the HEART Eastern TVET Institute; the HEART North West TVET Institute; and the HEART Northern TVET Institute. The country has so far met its skill training obligations under the agreement.

    Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who participated in the tour said, “We are so happy that she (Miss Lagarde), was impressed by all she saw, and we must show our gratitude for that by placing even more students, certifying them internationally and making them available for the new Jamaican economy”.

    Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Elaine Foster Allen stated that “it is a good thing to see so many young men being trained in these skill areas… effort will be made to get more female students (into) the College”.