The second cohort of awardees under the Jamaica House Fellowship Programme will be selected and placed within the public sector by May.
The initiative, launched by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness in 2016, is geared at recruiting and exposing bright, young talent to public administration, in the hope that they will make public service their first career choice.
During his 2020/21 Budget Debate presentation on Thursday (March 19) in the House of Representatives, Mr. Holness said that more than 80 applications were received for employment of the second cohort.
The selection process is far advanced and successful candidates will be assigned within the public sector by May 2020,” he noted.
In the meantime, he advised that members of the first cohort, which started in March 2017, have completed their two-year tenure and are now working in the public and private sectors.
The group of youngsters had served in key areas such as the Economic Growth Council, through the monitoring of targets under Jamaica’s agreement with the International Monetary Fund; National Identification System (NIDS); Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; and the Office of the Prime Minister.