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  • More than 1,400 persons are better equipped to join the country’s workforce, having graduated from training courses being offered by the HEART Trust/ NTA, on Thursday, November 28.
  • Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Audrey Sewell, underscored the importance of educational pursuits especially among young people.
  • Mrs. Sewell added that the relevance of the training and certification that the group had received could not be understated in the 21st century job market.

More than 1,400 persons are better equipped to join the country’s workforce, having graduated from training courses being offered by the HEART Trust/ NTA, on Thursday, November 28.

The group have been certified by one of seven HEART Institutions in Western Jamaica, at different certification levels in 19 different skills, making themselves more marketable.

Delivering the main address at the certification ceremony held at the Seventh Day Adventist West Jamaica Conference Centre, in Montego Bay, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Audrey Sewell, underscored the importance of educational pursuits especially among young people.

She noted that this is the main way persons escape from any socioeconomic challenges.  “Today as I look around me I see Jamaica’s future, I see those who will be responsible for honing the next generation and I see those who will be ambassadors for Brand Jamaica… I also see the persons who will be looked upon to fulfill Jamaica’s development prospects over the short to long term,” she stated.

Mrs. Sewell added that the relevance of the training and certification that the group had received could not be understated in the 21st century job market.

Quoting from a recent United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) working document, Mrs. Sewell pointed out that the working age population will increase globally by some 600 million persons in this decade.

She added that the highest increase is expected in the least developed countries such as Jamaica. According to UNESCO, by 2020 developing countries will have almost 460 million more persons of working age than in 2011.