Career & Education

Entrepreneurs learn the keys to success from Saint International boss

CEO of Saints International’s Deiwght Peters (right) engages chief executive officer of Jamaica Business Development Corporation Valerie Veira (left) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer Harold Davis in conversation at a lunchtime mentoring session the corporation hosted on Wednesday at Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

He candidly concedes that he made a ton of mistakes on his way to success, but bank staffer-turned-model management mogul and television host Deiwght Peters will gladly tell you that they have served as valuable lessons. That learning from failing, plus “belly bottom burning passion”, d ... Read More

(Front row from left) Director/ principal of the Vocational Training Development Institute(VTDI) Delize Williams, minister of state in the Ministry of National Security Pearnel Charles Jr, senior director for Workforce Development and Employment at the HEART Trust/ NTA Denworth Finnikin, deputy commissioner of corrections in the Department of Correctional Services Joyce Stone and senior lecturer and educational outreach specialist at the VTDI Dr Kordel Brown share a photo op with correctional officers (back row from left) Carlington Russell, Edward Lawrence, Charlane Williams, Cleopatra Howard-Burton, Wayne Laidlaw and Patrick Taylor. The occasion was the recent opening ceremony for the Train-the- Trainer programme at the VTDI. Warders to impart skills training to inmates
AS the prison system inches closer towards a rehabilitative approach to justice, the Ministry of Nat ... Read More

REID... If we are going to make sure that our students master mathematics, the teaching has got to be fun as well (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Teachers urged to find creative ways to teach maths
Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid is challenging teachers to find new a ... Read More

Nicole McLaren Campbell and Bishop Henry Fernandez are two of
the speakers lined up for this Friday’s success conference targeting
students and young people. Second success conference this Friday
Students and young people from across the island are being invited to participate in a development a ... Read More

Deaf we can!

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The Deaf Can duo of Fabian Jackson (centre), assistant manager, and Stephen McFarlane (second right), manager for the Caribbean Centre for the Deaf’s Kingston campus, with JN Foundation’s general manager, Saffrey Brown (left); general manager, JN Small Business Loans, Gillian Hyde (second left) and assistant general manager Thema Yong, JNSBL, after the Deaf Can team won the JN Foundation’s Pitch for Purpose for social enterprises.(Photo: Courtesy JN)

Social enterprise Deaf Can Coffee has won itself a million-dollar award for topping the inaugural Pitch for Purpose competition mounted by JN Foundation through its Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI). The team took the stage two Fridays ago to compete with four equally strong competitors who, unlike them, possessed what some would consider two of the most important senses for the occasion — the ability to speak and hear. But Deaf Can defied all odds and not only won the competition ... Read More

Talk like a sailor

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

There is a treasure chest of nautical terms and phrases hidden in common English, including ‘gaff’, ‘to cut and run’, ‘groggy’, and ‘aloof’. Here are a few: Bullseye Conventional usage means you’re right on target. You hit dead centre, you nailed it. It also refers to the centre of a target. It does have a nautical meaning, though. “An oval or circular wooden block having a groove around it and a hole in the centre, through which to r ... Read More

US$31 million and counting

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Jason Maguire (2nd right), CEO of Heritage Education Funds International (HEFI) presents Ian Myrie, top sales representative in Jamaica and the international market, with his award at the recent HEFI 2017 Blast Off Workshop at the Terra Nova Hotel. At left is Beverly Thompson, CEO, Hulaine Strategic Services, while Kameka Clarke, acting agency director, HEFI Jamaica rounds out the shot.,

Heritage Education Funds International (HEFI) might be celebrating the payout of more than US$31 million in savings and educational assistance (scholarships) to Jamaican families since it opened doors in Jamaica in 1995, but the company is not satisfied. Heritage International Scholarship Trust Plan helps families around the world save for the cost of tertiary education. It is administered by the Canada-based not-for-profit corporation Heritage International Scholarship Trust Foundation which ... Read More

PHOTO: Deaf we can!

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The Deaf Can team of Fabian Jackson (left), assistant manager, and Stephen McFarlane, manager for the Caribbean Centre for the Deaf’s Kingston campus, make their winning pitch to judges during the JN Foundation’s Pitch for Purpose competition at the Jamaica Pegasus two Fridays ago.(Photo: Courtesy JN)

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Pathways to success

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

General Manager of Global Exchange Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, Carlos Matallana (right) in discussion with host of CVM at Sunrise Raymond Pryce, following the Pathways to Success seminar at the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies.

Carlos Matallana got his first job flipping burgers during the summer of 2002. He was 18 years old, and only stayed there a “couple months”. From there, he progressively worked his way up, exploring different educational and career fields in the process, among them finance, aviation, automotive, entrepreneurship, and entertainment. He is currently general manager of Global Exchange Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. Matallana, who was the featured speaker at the career forum &l ... Read More

How can I finance my tertiary education?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, March 05, 2017    

This Observer file photo shows students standing in line outside the-then Oxford Road home of the Students’ Loan Bureau to submit their applications.

Dear Career Advisor: I need financial assistance to further my studies. The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB), scholarships and bank loans are not options, as I would be applying as a new student. What other options are there apart from JAMVAT? Yours truly, Marisha Dear Marisha: The decision to further your studies is an important one; commendations for considering this step. We regret that you did not share a bit of your background information, as this would have aided us in understandin ... Read More

TPDCo graduates 21

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

Some 21 people from Olympic Gardens are now better equipped to pursue careers, having graduated from the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) Culinary Skills Training Programme. The graduation ceremony was held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday. The programme forms part of the ‘Olympic Way Hip Strip’ project being implemented by TPDCo with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund. Having completed this extensive training programme, participants who ... Read More

UCJ’s quality assurance week starts tomorrow

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The University Council of Jamaica, which rubber stamps tertiary education courses and the institutions which offer them, will this week observe Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week. It runs from tomorrow, March 6, until the end of the week, with a heavy focus on institutional accreditation. Included in the week of activities are a workshop for assessors and accreditation officers, in Kingston on Tuesday; and workshops for institutions at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Wed ... Read More

Hospitality, tourism scholarships open

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation is accepting scholarship applications until Thursday, March 30, 2017. Scholarships, which are largely financed by corporate donations, are open to Caribbean students and industry professionals pursuing higher education or professional development in the hospitality and tourism field. In a joint statement, CHTAEF Chairman Richard Kahn and Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) President Karolin Troubetzkoy stated: “W ... Read More



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