Wednesday 20 June, 2018

1,000 youth to benefit from training in the ICT sector

Technology Minister Andrew Wheatley said he is confident that the Technology Advancement  Programme will not only empower young people but will revolutionise the use of ICT in Jamaica.

Technology Minister Andrew Wheatley said he is confident that the Technology Advancement Programme will not only empower young people but will revolutionise the use of ICT in Jamaica.

Approximately 1,000 young people are set to benefit from short-term training and employment in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector effective January, 2018, courtesy of the Universal Service Fund (USF).

The disclosure was made last Friday by the Minister of Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley, as he addressed the launch of what has been dubbed the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP), a collaboration that involves the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and the Caribbean Maritime University.

Participants are now being recruited for the programme, which will run for a year.

Wheatley said the programme will provide an opportunity for unattached youth, ages 13 to 35. Those targeted are high school, college and university graduates and others.

The technology minister said he is confident that the initiative will not only empower young people but will revolutionise the use of ICT in Jamaica.

“We need to ensure that as part of the Government's general thrust to build-out a knowledge-based digital society, that we develop the level of competence in our young people to embrace and capitalise on opportunities,” he told guests at the launch held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston.

He said the Government recognises the value of the sector as a critical pillar for economic growth and development.TAP will utilise community access points (CAP) set up by the USF across the island.

Participants will receive training and employment in digitisation, data collection and proofreading, among others. 

Chairman of the USF, Robert Lawrence, said TAP is yet another step in USF's journey towards helping Jamaica to bridge the digital gap.

“It is so important for us to bridge this great information divide as doing so will unlock a world of possibilities for Jamaicans from all walks of life and can help boost and foster economic growth and development at the micro and macro levels,” he added.