Career & Education

Strengthening Ties

The founders
and operators of
All Tied Up (from
left) Dlayne Blair,
Marlon Lewis,
and Marc Lewis
display some of their neckties

WHAT do you do when you have to wear a necktie to work, but find that they're too expensive? Start selling your own. This is exactly what Dlayne Blair and Marc Lewis did when they realised that the timeless male accessory was a requirement for work, but they just could not afford it. Together with ... Read More

Bethune Jones waits on
a guest at the hotel. 'Hard work always brings success'
NEGRIL, WESTMORELAND — Bethune Jones is proud to be member of the Sandals family for several r ... Read More

Head of UN delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei (second right), poses with the Jamaican awardees of this year’s Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (from
left) Nicole Ennis, Tami Palmer and Kim-Lee Campbell at their farewell ceremony held at the ambassador’s residence on July 24. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) Edna bags Erasmus Mundus for first time
FOR the first time since the programme opened to Jamaicans, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship has been ... Read More

Luke Mohalland and Sandra Getfield The best place to work in Jamaica
Identifying a place of employment is just as important as choosing a career path. Some of the things ... Read More

Red Stripe adding 'Business of Film' to Learning For Life programme

Sunday, August 02, 2015    

Cedric Blair (left), managing director Red Stripe, speaks with
minister of industry, investment & commerce Anthony Hylton
at the opening ceremony of the Jamaica Film Festival at the
Courtleigh Auditorium recently.

TITLE sponsor of the inaugural Jamaica Film Festival, which was staged in Kingston July 7-11, Red Stripe, will be adding The Business of Film to the curriculum of its Learning For Life programme. Managing director of Red Stripe Cedric Blair made the announcement recently. "We will be working closely with JAMPRO to develop this as a best practice, covering all areas relating to the film industry, from accessing funding to showcasing the contributions of the creative sector, to the country's att ... Read More

NCB credit union awards GSAT scholarships

Sunday, August 02, 2015    

This year’s GSAT scholarship awardees, Chimaobi Iheonunekwu (second left) and Alexi Mayne
are flanked by Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Dr Grace McLean (left) and
president of the board of directors at National Commercial Bank Employees Co-operative Credit
Union Josephine Bennett-Darmand at the scholarship award ceremony Wednesday at Knutsford
Court Hotel in Kingston. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

Two students have received this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scholarships from National Commercial Bank Employees Co-operative Credit Union. Alexi Mayne of Vaz Preparatory and Chimaobi Iheonunekwu of Liberty Academy will attend Ardenne High School in September. The students, who obtained 95 per cent averages on their GSAT exams, were presented with the scholarships on Wednesday during a ceremony at Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. "I am happy. I felt great about myself for havin ... Read More

How deal with termination without reason

Sunday, August 02, 2015    

Dear Career Advisor, I previously worked for a company where I got fired. No reasons were given. I was only denied entry to the premises when I turned up for work. I tried numerous times to get answers from the manager and the supervisors but no one had any answers. The manager didn't take my calls. Now I am trying to seek employment and this keeps coming up. I tried to use vague reasons to explain it but it's not going well for me. sometimes I say exactly what happened but it's hard for me be ... Read More

Fiona's Flourish

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Actress Camille Davis is flanked by members of the first cohort of Flourish girls clad in their branded T-shirts (from left),
Jada-Ann Howell, Shaquanna Graham, Krishna Barnett, Britney Morgan, Angel Walfall, Melisa Reynolds, Kadesha
Mitchell, Mickhaila Clarke and their mentor Fiona Burke.

WE see altruism in many forms every day: big companies throwing money at young athletes to purchase gear; doctors embarking on health care drives; service clubs building schools and libraries in communities. But for freelance communications specialist Fiona Burke, the project is much closer to home. Inspired by the generous nature of her father and the symbolism of her high school motto --Virtute et Sapientia Floreat -- she launched Flourish, a mentorship programme deisgned to steer vulnerable ... Read More

New UTech fee jerks students

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

The university described the move as a mechanism to mitigate and prevent delinquency in paying tuition fees.

CLAUDINE Campbell, a student at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), may not be able to begin what would be her final year of study in school. The 22-year-old student said this is because of the newly implemented Enrolment Commitment Fee (ECF), which prevents students from registering for their courses unless a portion of the tuition fee is paid. Under the ECF policy, returning students are expected to pay $50,000, while new and SLB-supported students will pay a non-refundable $20,00 ... Read More

EduFocal awards top users

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Eniola Johnson (right) receives the third place award from
Jamaica Observer’s head of Marketing and Communications
Natalie Chin.

SOCIAL learning website EduFocal on Wednesday awarded Danielle Lindo and Tyrese Bryan with $30,000 each for being the top users of its Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) programmes, respectively. Lindo and Bryan were among 10 students and educators who were recognised for using the online platform over the course of the past year. The award ceremony, which was held at the Pegasus, marked three years since the project's inception. EduFocal all ... Read More

The best place to work in Jamaica

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Construction Management,
Accounting, UTech

Identifying a place of employment is just as important as choosing a career path. Some of the things to consider are: Does the position pay well? Are there opportunities for career advancement? Is there on-the-job training? What is the staff trun-over rate? We thought we'd gauge the perceived attractiveness of corporate and Government bodies by asking university students where they would most want to work and why. Their answers will interest you. JUNISE LYNCH, 22, Construction Management, UTec ... Read More

NCB names Kevon Stewart top boy for 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

The 2015 cohort of NCB Foundation parish champions who were presented with scholarships
from NCB Foundation last Thursday, flank NCB Group Managing Director Patrick Hylton.

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD Kevon Stewart is like a king among his queens. The Campion College graduate is the only male to have been awarded a National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation Scholarship for 2015. The scholarships are awarded according to parish. Stewart is the Kingston champion, and top boy, by default. His scholarship values $500,000 per annum, and will cover tuition and related expenses for the three year bachelors degree programme in biotechnology at the University of the West Indies (U ... Read More

Patrenia Williams is NCB's top girl 2015

AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer | Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Patrenia Williams, the top girl
in NCB Foundation’s
Scholarship Awards
Programme for 2015

WHEN Patrenia Williams received a letter from one of Jamaica's leading financial institutions that she had not been short-listed for a scholarship it was offering, she felt admittedly down-trodden. However, little did the 19-year-old young woman from Merrywood, St Elizabeth, know at that time that there was something bigger in store for her. Last Thursday, she was named parish champion for St Elizabeth, and ultimately, top girl in the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation's Scholarship Awa ... Read More

UTech launches business education association

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

UTech campus at Papine in Kingston

THE business and computer studies programme in the School of Technical and Vocational Education at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has launched a Business Education Association to support the development of business education in Jamaica. The ceremony was held on the UTech Papine campus. A release from the school said the association seeks to: * provide leadership support for the direction of business education in Jamaica * support instruction for preparing individuals to funct ... Read More



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