Custos of St. James, Bishop the Hon. Conrad Pitkin, is urging schools to place greater focus on entrepreneurial studies.
“If students are to succeed in the global market, there needs to be a stronger focus on entrepreneurial education. It focuses on soft and core skills, including problem-solving, team-building, and transversal competences such as learning social and civic competences, initiative taking and cultural awareness,” he noted.
Custos Pitkin was speaking at the HEART Trust/NTA’s Career Youth and Information Forum and Exposition held at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, on Tuesday (February 12).
He commended the HEART Trust for staging the event, and its commitment “to educating our nation in the different spheres of our job market”.
“Persons want an education that will set them on a path to success, they want an ideal future… and they want an education that will help them thrive, support families, shape the world and contribute to their communities,” he noted.
He encouraged the young people in attendance to set career goals, noting that this helps to “give a person’s life direction and (aid in) the process of thinking about the ideal future”.
For her part, Senior Director, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Development and Support Systems at the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Marcia Rowe Amonde, said that the agency is on a “strong drive” to train and certify more Jamaicans. “You can come to the HEART Trust and be trained and be empowered as well as get the skills you need to go into jobs,” she pointed out.
The exposition, held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Junior Achievement Programme, was part of activities for Careers’ Week from February 9 to February 15 under the theme ‘Paving the way through education’.
The day’s activities included registering persons for skills training at HEART institutions, and recruiting of potential employees by business process outsourcing company (BPO), Advanced Call Centre Technologies.
Organisations that participated in the event were the Social Development Commission (SDC), Citizens Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), Peace Management Initiative (PMI) Western, and Western Regional Health Authority (WHRA).