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    • The people of several communities in South West St. Ann are now benefitting from the Armadale Skills Training Centre which was officially opened on Friday December 11, 2015 by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
    • Speaking at the opening ceremony of the skills training centre, the Prime Minister said that the centre “is an inspiration and a fine example of cooperation by the private and public sectors, the churches, NGOs civic and social groups”.
    • Mrs. Simpson Miller said the centre is a reflection of the indomitable spirit of the Jamaican people which must be celebrated.

    The people of several communities in South West St. Ann are now benefitting from the Armadale Skills Training Centre which was officially opened on Friday December 11, 2015 by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

    Speaking at the opening ceremony of the skills training centre, the Prime Minister said that the centre “is an inspiration and a fine example of cooperation by the private and public sectors, the churches, NGOs civic and social groups”.

    Several entities including the Ministries of National Security and Education, Heart/NTA, The Department of Correctional Services, Noranda Bauxite Institute, the Jamaica Bauxite Institute collaborated to transform the property which housed the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre until it was destroyed by fire in 2009.

    Mrs. Simpson Miller said the centre is a reflection of the indomitable spirit of the Jamaican people which must be celebrated.

    “Like the Phoenix the Jamaican spirit is invincible. As a people our culture compels us to be resilient even in the face of adversity”, Mrs. Simpson Miller added.

    The Prime Minister also expressed the hope that the Centre will provide numerous opportunities for the youth, even those who have gotten into trouble with the law.

    “My Government will never stop believing in the promise and potential of all our young people to excel. I believe that if given the chance, they will bounce back from whatever mistakes they have made.  They will rise to the occasion and claim a rightful place in an inclusive Jamaican society”, Mrs. Simpson Miller  said.

    The Skills Training Centre offers certification in air conditioning and refrigeration, general construction, carpentry and furniture-making along with other programmes, which are in demand based on labour market research conducted by the HEART Trust/ NTA.

    Upon completion of a programme, successful trainees will earn the internationally recognised stamp of approval, the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J).