HEART

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FO­CUS -

en­gaged 528 ap­pren­tices in its re­vi­talised Reg­is­tered Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gramme (RAP), which it says is geared to­wards meet­ing the needs of a modern econ­omy, par­tic­u­larly within ser­vice, ori­ented in­dus­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to HEART’s an­nual na­tional re­port for the 2014 to 2015 fis­cal year, the trust laid the foun­da­tion to pro­vide train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for 8,500 young peo­ple through the Na­tional Un­der­served Youth Pro­gramme by ini­ti­at­ing a pi­lot pro­gramme with 300 par­tic­i­pants. The re­port said at the end of the re­view pe­riod in March 2015, the agency achieved 77 per cent of its an­nual cer­ti­fi­ca­tion tar­get of 28,648.

A to­tal of 16,775 cer­tifi­cates were is­sued for the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of Na­tional Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Ja­maica (NVQ-J) and ter­tiarylevel pro­grammes and a fur­ther 5,202 trainees were cer­ti­fied un­der the cat­e­gory ‘Other’, to­talling 21,997 cer­ti­fied. HEART en­ti­ties ac­counted for 19,612 or 89 per cent of to­tal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, while non-HEART en­ti­ties, such as sec­ondary schools and pri­vate providers, ac­counted for 2,365 or 11 per cent, the re­port said.

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