The Paul Bogle Vocational Training Institute in Lyssons, St Thomas has benefited from well-needed instructional equipment which will enhance the HEART Trust vocational programme offered at the school.
The training equipment valued at $300,000, include desktop computers, projector and a laptop as well as printers and workstation comprising of scanning and photocopying machine. The items were handed over to the institution by the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Foundation on September 19.
Edison Taylor, Business Relationship and Sales Advisor for the JNBS' Morant Bay and Port Antonio branches said the donation was part of the branches Member Advisory Council (MAC) programme. The MAC operates in all of the JNBS branches and JN Money Shops across the island.
"This project highlights our commitment to enhance the lives of young people and to help to make them more self-reliant," said Taylor. "JNBS believes in giving back to the community, therefore, when this project came before the MAC for approval, we did not hesitate as we know it will have far reaching impact."
Centre Manager at the institution Millicent Williams said the donation will enhance the delivery of teaching at the school.
"This donation is a welcoming gesture. The equipment will help to enhance student learning outcomes. The equipment will help our teachers to deliver more student centred programmes," she said.
Williams noted that the photocopying, printer and scanning machines will improve the efficiency of the administrative staff at the institution.
The Paul Bogle Vocational Training Institute, which was established in 1993, provides training and certification via HEART Trust/NTA in levels one and two certification in general construction, welding and electrical installation. The institution is also in the process of establishing an Early Childhood Programme at level one.
The programme caters to more than 100 students.
Members of the Lysson community and neighbouring communities such as Prospects, Retreat and Albion will benefit from the programme.
The MAC Programme is comprised of JN members and employees who identify and select projects for funding within their respective communities. Since 2006, the councils have provided grant funding for more than 350 community projects across the island.