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KINGSTON — Some 36 trainees at the HEART Trust/NTA's National Tool and Engineering Institute on November 16 received trophies and certificates for outstanding work.

The presentations, which were made during the Institute's annual Open Day and Trainee Awards ceremony held at its Ashenheim Road campus in Kingston, were for performance in the skill areas of air conditioning and refrigeration; computer repairs; electrical maintenance; industrial electronics; mechanical maintenance; and welding.

Executive Director, HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Carolyn Hayle, congratulated the students and encouraged them to use their skills to explore areas, which remain untapped in the country.

She noted that vocational education is a critical component in building a workforce of international quality, adding that "your skill is actually the translation of your academic ability into earning power".

Human Resource Manager, Jamaica Energy Partners, Odette Reynolds, in her keynote address, stressed the importance of good work ethic, always producing quality work and displaying discipline on the job.

She told them to always seek to improve and upgrade their skills. “You must have a culture of continuous improvement and learning. Learning must not stop at the institution. You create value for a business if you are able to improve that product. If you can get it done in a shorter time with the same quality, you will be rewarded,” she pointed out.

During the open day, the campus was abuzz with activity as visitors strolled the grounds of the Institute where they viewed exhibits of the trainees' work and items made by the institution such as garbage skips, machine parts, plant stands etc.

There were also displays from stakeholder groups such as HEART/Trust NTA’s College of Engineering (Jamaica German Automotive School); Jamaica Defence Force (JDF); Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division; Bank of Nova Scotia; and Jamaica Red Cross.

 

By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter