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  • UTech is providing the specialized training to prepare Jamaicans to take up job opportunities that are anticipated from the global logistics hub initiative.
  • This was announced by UTech’s Vice President for Community Service and Development, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, during a recent logistics hub panel discussion.
  • Professor Hamilton said it “well established” that the hub can and will drive economic growth “and is important for our long-term economic development.”

The University of Technology (UTech) is providing the specialized training to prepare Jamaicans to take up job opportunities that are anticipated from the global logistics hub initiative.

This was announced by UTech’s Vice President for Community Service and Development, Professor Rosalea Hamilton, during a recent logistics hub panel discussion at the institution’s Papine campus, held under the theme: ‘Exploring Human Capacity Building Opportunities’.

Professor Hamilton said it “well established” that the hub can and will drive economic growth “and is important for our long-term economic development.”

She noted that much more needs to be done to provide the requisite education and training necessary to prepare Jamaica’s workforce for the opportunities that will arise from the development.

“We know that education is a major plank of our overarching economic development plan, and there is no doubt that, central to (that) success, as the Government has proposed, is the roll out of this logistics hub.  Preparation… is pivotal (and) I think we can agree that the highest standard of education and training are the only vehicles to achieving this goal. I am very pleased that UTech is taking steps… to be part of this process,” Dr. Hamilton stated.

She said there is awareness that the hub will not only generate new industries and jobs, but will continue the process on integration, with respect to traditional and new industries.

“We are looking forward to global opportunities to empower our citizens and to train Jamaicans to take advantage of these opportunities. UTech stands ready to work with all collaborators, to fast track the readiness of our human resources to fully embrace the opportunities to be one of the best logistics hubs in the world.  It’s a tall order, but I think it can and will be done,” she declared.

Industry, Investment, and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, lauded UTech on structuring its programmes offerings in line with the hub development.

“It confirms (to) those who still have some reservations about where we are going, where the logistics hub is, and are of the view that it remains a concept and a dream… that the hub is well on its way,” he stated.

In his remarks, Acting UTech President, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman, who welcomed the staging of the public forum, urged the participants to “draw what we can from this exercise…so that we can be better prepared, not only to participate, but to share the knowledge and information about how we can engage” in activities related to the hub.

Seventy per cent of UTech’s course offerings are in the area of science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM), delivered through Health, Pure and Applied Sciences, Sports, Engineering, Computing, Architecture, and Land Management.

Twenty per cent are in Business and Management, while the remaining 10 per cent includes Teacher Education, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Law.