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  • Scores of youth in West Central St. James are being trained in entrepreneurship by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC).
  • Last year 88 young persons were trained in business management, ethics, and marketing. Another 50 are slated to be trained this year.
  • 300 young people were trained in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical installation in partnership with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and the HEART Trust/NTA.

Scores of youth in West Central St. James are being trained in entrepreneurship by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), with financing from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Last year 88 young persons were trained in business management, ethics, and marketing. Another 50 are slated to be trained this year.

An unused building in Mount Salem is being renovated and equipped with computers and sewing machines, to serve as a Centre for Entrepreneurship and Training.

“We have engaged over 110 young persons in the culinary arts, and they have begun training and certification with the Culinary Arts Centre, in Montego Bay,” State Minister for Industry, Investment, and Commerce, and Member of Parliament for the constituency, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrams, announced during her contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, June 18.

“Education and training is a critical area that needs a focused approach to reap the desired outcome of filling jobs locally and internationally,” she said.

Mrs. Ffolkes -Abrahams noted that in Granville, some 300 young people were trained in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical installation in partnership with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and the HEART Trust/NTA.

“We are about to sign an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Caribbean Maritime Institute, for the provision of training in logistics for 100 young persons. We are meeting the needs of the constituents in growing industries and providing opportunities for employment,” she told the House.

Meanwhile, the MP pointed out that she was instrumental in establishing 22 backyard gardens and apiaries for production of honey. Additionally, positive results have been emerging from support given to students at the primary education level in the constituency.

She further informed that, “We have a pepper farm in the Retirement/Granville area, for which we have produced and sold over 1000 pounds of West India Red peppers. These peppers have found their way into export market by way of pepper source”.

A MoU has also been signed with the Sunset Beach Resort for the supply of fresh herbs and spices.

“This is a good example of the backyard linkages that are possible with the tourism industry and local communities,” the State Minister remarked.