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HEART/JSIF collaborate to train St Catherine youth

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | 7:20 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -The HEART Trust/NTA and Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) have partnered to undertake a $15.2 million vocational training project for young people between 17 and 35 years of age.

This project will last for a year and will target people in six communities in St. Catherine, who are deemed ‘unattached’.

People in the communities of March Pen, Knollis, Lauriston, Central Village, Tawes Meadows, and Shelter Rock will benefit from the programme.

They will attend the HEART Trust/NTA Portmore Academy and Above Rocks Skills Training Centre in St. Catherine.

Funding is being provided by JSIF through two of its donor funded projects, the Inner City Basic Services Project (ICBSP), which is contributing $8.75 million, and the Japan Social Development Fund Grant (JSDF), which is providing $5 million. An additional $1.46 million is also being provided by the participants’ communities. 

The collaboration was formalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by HEART and JSIF on Tuesday (October 9), at the Portmore Academy.

Outlining details of the initiative at the ceremony, JSIF Project Manager, Ayanna Demetrius, said some 90 persons have been shortlisted for enrolment at both institutions, 70 at the Portmore Academy, and 20 at the Above Rocks Skills Centre.

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