All school leavers have op­tions

Stu­dents who don’t move on to sixth form can get qual­i­fied through al­ter­na­tive gov­ern­ment pro­grammes

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL - Lyn­ford Simp­son Con­trib­u­tor

THE MIN­ISTRY of Ed­u­ca­tion is re­port­ing that re­gard­less of qual­i­fi­ca­tion, stu­dents leav­ing the sec­ondary school sys­tem will be able to en­roll in a pro­gramme that will en­able them to im­prove their prospects for em­ploy­ment or fur­ther stud­ies. Such pro­grammes are tai­lored for those stu­dents who did not ma­tric­u­late to sixth form or who chose not to at­tend sixth form.

Chief Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Grace McLean says place­ment is pos­si­ble through the Hous­ing, Op­por­tu­nity, Pro­duc­tion and Em­ploy­ment Pro­gramme (HOPE) and Learn, Earn, Give back through ser­vice and Save pro­gramme (LEGS), among oth­ers.

The HEART Trust/NTA is tak­ing a lead role in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the var­i­ous pro­grammes, along­side such agen­cies as the Na­tional Youth Ser­vice (NYS) and the Ca­reer Ad­vance­ment Pro­gramme (CAP). The avail­able pro­grammes in­clude the HOPE Youth Sum­mer Pro­gramme, the Na­tional Ser­vice Corps Pro­gramme, the School Leavers Train­ing Op­por­tu­ni­ties Pro­gramme, also called SL-TOP, and the CAP for grades 12 and 13 stu­dents.

The re­cently in­tro­duced gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive, HOPE, seeks to in­tro­duce a range of so­cial-in­ter­ven­tion pro­grammes af­fect­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity and the most vul­ner­a­ble groups in the so­ci­ety, in­clu­sive of the youth pop­u­la­tion. Both the HEART Trust/NTA and the NYS are tak­ing lead roles in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the em­ploy­ment com­po­nent of HOPE. To this end, HEART Trust says it’s aim­ing to add value while

em­pow­er­ing the youth by en­hanc­ing their prospects for job place­ment through em­ploy­able and tech­ni­cal skills ac­qui­si­tion. Par­tic­i­pants are, in large part, im­pacted through a strat­egy un­der HOPE which ad­dresses their pro­duc­tive en­gage­ment to LEGS.

Hun­dreds of grad­u­ates lis­ten at­ten­tively at a HEART Trust/NTA An­nual Re­gional Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Cer­e­mony at the Ja­maica Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in down­town Kingston.

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