Skills train­ing a pri­or­ity in St James

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MEM­BER OF Par­lia­ment for Cen­tral St James Heroy Clarke has said part­ner­ships will be un­der­taken with sev­eral ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in the parish to pro­mote ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties among con­stituents.

The in­sti­tu­tions in­clude the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, the Univer­sity of the West Indies, the Mon­tego Bay Com­mu­nity Col­lege, the HEART Trust/NTA, the In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity of the Caribbean, the Caribbean Mar­itime In­sti­tute, and oth­ers.

“Youth em­pow­er­ment is a sig­nif­i­cant as­pect of our con­stituency devel­op­ment plan go­ing for­ward,” Clarke said, while mak­ing his con­tri­bu­tion to the 2016 Con­stituency De­bate in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives re­cently.

He fur­ther said that the ini­tia­tive would re­sult in more cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tion in ar­eas such as hos­pi­tal­ity, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, tech­nol­ogy, and en­ter­tain­ment.

Clarke said the Glen­de­von Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence would be brought back into op­er­a­tion in a bid to pro­vide skills-train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to mem­bers of the con­stituency.

Those who are deemed un­train­able will be en­cour­aged to en­ter re­me­dial ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes ... .


“Those who are deemed un­train­able will be en­cour­aged to en­ter re­me­dial ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes, in­clud­ing the Ja­maican Foun­da­tion for Life­long Learn­ing, while those who are not in that cat­e­gory and ex­press an in­ter­est in re­fresh­ing their ed­u­ca­tional level will be fa­cil­i­tated at HEART Trust/NTA,” he said.

Turn­ing to the area of en­trepreneur­ship, he noted that dis­cus­sions have been on­go­ing with play­ers within the sec­tor to con­duct train­ing ses­sions on how to main­tain suc­cess­ful busi­nesses.

Clarke said plans are in place to work with the Min­istry of Tourism through the Tourism Prod­uct Devel­op­ment Com­pany to train craft traders, so that they will pro­duce more at­trac­tive and au­then­tic prod­ucts.


“We will be look­ing at our small-busi­ness op­er­a­tors – bar­bers, hair­dressers, taxi op­er­a­tors – and who op­er­ate places of at­trac­tion and en­ter­tain­ment to bring them into the fray of un­der­stand­ing that they play a role in the devel­op­ment of the con­stituency and that the jobs they cre­ate and of­fer are valu­able and sus­tain­able,” he said.

In the mean­time, he lauded the joint mil­i­tary-po­lice op­er­a­tions, as well as ini­tia­tives from other sec­tors and groups that have been un­der­taken in the parish in a bid to re­duce crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The ef­forts to stamp out crime and the var­i­ous re­lated causes of crime must be sus­tained, and I am fully com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the ef­forts of the se­cu­rity forces and the Govern­ment in en­sur­ing that we bring back the ti­tle of the ‘Friendly City’ or the ‘Magic City’ to Mon­tego Bay and, by ex­ten­sion, the parish of St James,” he said.

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