JIS News

The National Youth Service (NYS) will be offering Information Technology (IT) training to participants, with the establishment of three state-of-the-art computer laboratories at its camp sites.
Funding for the project, costing some US$316,000, has been made possible through an agreement between the Governments of Jamaica and South Korea.
The laboratories will be constructed at the Knox Cobbla Campus in Manchester; the Eco-Village in Chestervale, St. Andrew, and the NYS head office, at 6 Collins Green Avenue, Kingston 5.
Executive Director of the NYS, Reverend Adinhair Jones, told JIS News that the organisation will be offering theoretical and practical training in computer repairs to young persons from inner-city communities, so as to prepare them for jobs in the IT industry or for them to go on to higher learning.
“Those training programmes are going to enhance, in a significant way, what the NYS offers to all its participants, in terms of training,” he said, adding that the training will be conducted by the Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) Trust/National Training Agency (NTA).
He pointed out that persons in the programme would obtain a Level 2 certificate from HEART. The curriculum is currently being designed by HEART, in collaboration with the NYS.
According to Rev. Jones, each laboratory will be equipped with 30 computers and other related software.
“We believe that it is a wonderful gift we have received from the Koreans, and the NYS will be a much more effective entity, on account of the new elements,” he said.
He said that refurbishing work on the buildings has been done by the NYS, in preparation for the installation of the computers. “The Koreans will now come to set up the lab to hand over to the National Youth Service,” the Executive Director said.

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