Careers & Education

Copping the law

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It goes without saying that employed people who choose to pursue higher education have to juggle studying with the demands of their jobs. But for a group of nine police personnel who recently graduated from the University of Technology’s Bachelor of Law degree programme, the stakes were even ... Read More

Abrahim Simmonds, co-founder of Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture, Arts and Nationalism, has been named among the 2017 cohort of Queen’s Young Leaders. Abrahim Simmonds named Queen’s Young Leader 2017
Twenty-two-year-old Abrahim Simmonds, co-founder of the Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture, ... Read More

WALKER...nothing beats hard workMinistry of Education, Youth and Information ‘Believe, have passion, work hard’
Three of the most important things young entrepreneurs must bear in mind as they strive for success ... Read More

Caribbean Maritime Institute Petrocaribe provides $402m for engineers training at CMI
The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has received $402 million in grant funding from the PetroCari ... Read More

Abstinence or condoms?

Sunday, December 04, 2016    


HIGH school students lent their support to advocacy efforts to ramp up attention to issues surrounding adolescent sexual and reproductive health when they participated in a debate organised by the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN) and the United Nations Joint Team on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) last Friday. It was part of activities leading up to World AIDS Day, observed December 1. The debate, hosted at the Faculty of Law, The University of the West Indies, Mona, saw Wolmer’s Boys’ Scho ... Read More


Sunday, December 04, 2016    

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid presents Avrill Crawford, CEO, eLearning Jamaica Company Limited with the Special Pioneer in ICT in Education Award at the recent ICT in Education Conference held at Moon Palace in Ocho Rios, St  Ann. (Photo:)

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid presents Avrill Crawford, CEO, eLearning Jamaica Company Limited, with the Special Pioneer in ICT in Education Award at the recent ICT in Education Conference held at Moon Palace in Ocho Rios, St Ann. Crawford has had a long and distinguished career in IT and education in Jamaica and the UK in organisations such as the former College of Arts, Science and Technology — now the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) — The Univers ... Read More

‘Created for excellence’

Sunday, December 04, 2016    

The Class of 2016 at Jonathan Grant High School repeat words of affirmation — ‘I am created for excellence’ — during graduation last week.Photo

Jonathan Grant High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine has been diligently changing its narrative by improving the academic performance of its students and crafting a new identity for the school. In the recently concluded 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, more than 170 students attained five or more CSEC subjects, with 102 of those passing both English Language and mathematics. More than 80 passed seven or more subjects while more than 50 students obtained four or ... Read More

Denbigh High wins Caribbean Child Research award for fifth year

Sunday, November 27, 2016    

Nicholas Nelson, sixth-form student at Denbigh High, is flanked by coaches Janice Julal and Everton Annakie.Observer

MAY PEN, Clarendon — Denbigh High School sixth form student Nicholas Nelson emerged winner of the 11th staging of the Caribbean Child Research Conference held in Mandeville earlier this month. It’s the fifth victory for Denbigh in six years. In addition to being named the 2016 Outstanding Caribbean Child Researcher, Nelson walked away with three sectional prizes: Best Written Paper, Best Methodology and Best Oral Presentation. “It’s an incredibly humbling experience,&r ... Read More

25 chase US$75,000 in CARICOM-based mobile app competition

Sunday, November 27, 2016    

US$75,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs when teams from Jamaica and Trinidad, which together account for 14 of the 25 finalists, vie for honours with other regional hopefuls in the PitchIT Caribbean Challenge tech entrepreneur competition, scheduled for December 2-3, 2016 at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre in Port of Spain. The finalists, who were selected from over 70 entries from across Caricom, include eight teams from the host country, six from Jamaica, three from Barbad ... Read More

Government names youth advisory council

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, November 27, 2016    

BETWEEN the newly established National Youth Advisory Council and the recently reintroduced National Youth Parliament, young people in Jamaica can expect to have more representation in high- level decision-making, according to minister of state in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green. Green told the Jamaica Observer that the roles of both groups have been linked to ensure that youth participation is meaningful, not merely symbolic, especially as it relates to the Nationa ... Read More

UK, US or Canada?

Nicole McLaren Campbell | Sunday, November 27, 2016    

In an increasingly interconnected world, the value of exposure to different ways of thinking, being and operating cannot be underestimated. As such, many schools are now encouraging their own local students to study overseas for a semester or a year, or otherwise engage with the world at large. So, how can you determine the best place to pursue further studies? By considering key factors and weighing the pros and cons of each system against your needs and preferences from an academic, financia ... Read More

HEART launches upskilling programme

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career & Education writer | Sunday, November 27, 2016    

The HEART Trust NTA corporate office at the Edward Seaga Building in New Kingston

THE dynamism of the workspace, characterised by constant change especially in the context of technology and competition on the global market, is the reason that underpins the HEART Trust/NTA’s decision to partner with the Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE) in launching the Upskilling and Retooling programme. Launched at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel two Fridays ago, the programme was designed to enhance marketplace productivity by ensuring that employers, employees, retirees, stude ... Read More

Digicel Foundation launches phase three of mobile science lab initiative

Sunday, November 27, 2016    

Head of the science department at Jose Marti Technical High School, Lenford Johnson (left), and Director of Operations at Digicel Foundation Dane Richardson look on, as student Mackayda McDermott explains a chemistry experiment done using equipment in the mobile science laboratory at the launch of Phase 3 of the programme on Thursday, November 17 at the school.Observer

Nine high schools will receive a major boost to their science programmes with the gift of state-of-the-art mobile science labs from the Digicel Foundation. This adds to the 32 which have already been outfitted with the modern hi-tech facilities. The announcement was made at Jose Marti Technical High School on Thursday, November 10 at the launch of phase three of the Foundation’s Mobile Science Lab Programme, which began in 2014. Phases one and two have impacted over 3,000 students in Gr ... Read More

Should I use a video résumé?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, November 27, 2016    

Dear Career Advisor: Will a video résumé enhance my chances of landing a job? I am a recent graduate who has been seeking employment in Jamaica, the Caribbean and in North America, for almost a year now, but without success. I’ve even begun the process of applying for my Caricom Skills Certificate. A friend suggested that I use a video résumé instead of the traditional résumé, do you think I should? Yours truly, Lance W Dear Lance: A video r& ... Read More



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