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HEART moves to accommodate more students

Wednesday, September 12, 2012    

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THE HEART Trust/NTA is seeking to partner with accredited institutions locally in order to increase the number of students it can accommodate in its programmes islandwide.

This has come about as the HEART academies are currently only able to accommodate some of the students who desire to pursue the programmes.

Speaking prior to a tour of the institution's College of Beauty Services in Kingston by a visiting South African delegation and an executive management team from the Ministry of Education on Monday, HEART Trust Executive Director Dr Carolyn Hayle disclosed that of the more than 79,000 students which its programmes can cater to, only 55,000 can be accommodated currently in the academies.

"The rest are done through the school system or the private providers. That is why we are encouraging the other entities to become accredited training organisations, so we can increase that number," she said.

She pointed out that the work being done by the training agency seeks to ensure that the workforce is trained and certified to international standards, in order to compete globally.

The South African delegation comprised Minister of Higher Education Dr Bonginkosi Nzimande; South African High Commissioner Mathu Joyini; Chief of Staff Ngaba Ngandela, and other officials from the ministry.

The Executive Management team from the Ministry of Education was led by Clement Radcliffe, acting chief education officer.

— JIS

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