Thursday 22 August, 2019

Video: Williams announces technology programme for unattached youth

Technology minister Fayval Williams (2nd left) greets scholarship recipients at  a recent awards ceremony hosted by the Jamaica Energy Partners and West Kingston Power Partners. Sharing in the moment is the companies' CEO, Wayne McKenzie (left).

Technology minister Fayval Williams (2nd left) greets scholarship recipients at a recent awards ceremony hosted by the Jamaica Energy Partners and West Kingston Power Partners. Sharing in the moment is the companies' CEO, Wayne McKenzie (left).

The Minister of Technology and Energy Fayval Williams has indicated that her ministry will place added focus on youth this year.

Among those to benefit from this attention are basic school students and unattached youth.

In the case of basic school students, they will receive greater exposure to technology through the "tablets in schools" initiative.

For the minister, it is critical that these young minds start early so they may become technologically savvy and start to "produce content instead of being just consumers of content on the internet."

Williams was speaking at a recent ceremony hosted by Jamaica Energy Partners and West Kingston Power Partners for scholarship recipients.

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She lamented that most young people in Jamaica at present only use the internet for "uploading pictures on social media" and that needs to change.

As for the unattached youth, some 600 of them will be trained through the ministry's Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) to take up jobs in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector.

The energy companies presented scholarships valued at over $11 million to 30 Primary Exit Profile (PEP) achievers and seven tertiary students.

PEP students, who will transition to high school this upcoming school term, will receive $35,000 while tertiary recipients will receive scholarships valuing $250,000 or grants of $180,000. The scholarships will be re-awarded until the completion of their study, once a B+ average is maintained.

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