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St. Andrew Workforce College launched

Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce | 2016-02-18 00:00:00

The St. Andrew Workforce College was today launched by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton and the Minister of Education, Hon. Ronald Thwaites.

The establishment of the college is the result of an across-government initiative, including HEART Trust/NTA, the Caribbean Maritime Institute, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce.

The college will offer courses to fill the increased need for professionals in logistics related industries. The courses offered will include mechanical maintenance, electrical installations, telecommunications, industrial security operations, warehousing and distribution, port operations, stevedoring, forklift operation and truck driving.

Minister Hylton in his address stated: “the workforce college is geared towards building a competitive workforce, one that would be able to meet the demands for skilled labour by international companies within the industrial and maritime belt”.

In clarifying the unique role of the workforce college against that of other institutions, Minister Hylton noted: “I have been at pains to ensure that the efforts to build a logistics-centred economy redounds to the benefit of each and every Jamaican. The St. Andrew Workforce College is, therefore, geared at our young people who may not be able to attend traditional theory-based colleges, but who are ready to enter the labour pool.”

Key private sector interests including Sutherland Global, Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited and Kingston Wharves were represented at the event.

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