May Pen, Clarendon — For the fourth consecutive year, some 60 residents in Jamalco's bauxite/alumina operating areas will benefit from the Jamalco Career Enhancement Programme (JCEP), according to a news release.
The company said residents will have the opportunity to continue their secondary education to the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) level at Vere Technical and Lennon High schools in Clarendon and Winston Jones High School in Manchester.
Forty beneficiaries have already begun evening classes at Vere Technical High and Winston Jones High schools, while 20 will begin skills training at Winston Jones High School in January 2014.
JCEP's primary objective is to assist people between the ages of 18 and 30 from Jamalco's host communities in Manchester and Clarendon who have achieved some level of secondary education, but might have "dropped out" of school, or, have completed school but did not gain the certification required to access further education and training.
The programme provides support for beneficiaries to sit two subjects at the CSEC level. Jamalco will defray the full tuition costs for a maximum of two subjects offered under this programme and 50 per cent of the cost of the final exam fees, the news release said.
Speaking at the orientation session for the group at Vere Techincal High, Corporate Services and Government Affairs Manager Leo Lambert urged the students to seize the opportunity and use it to recover lost ground.
"This is an opportunity for you to retrofit your life. To succeed you must do your homework and read ahead. Others before you have done well so tell yourself that you can do it... You owe it to yourselves," Lambert said.
He encouraged the students to believe in themselves and work hard if they want to achieve.
"Increasingly, educational opportunities are becoming competitive so don't settle for a Grade III when you can get a Grade I or II. Allocate adequate time to cover material and don't be daunted by the workload," Lambert advised.
The Jamalco Career Enhancement Programme (JCEP) was launched in Jamalco's operating communities four years ago. Some 200 people have already benefited from the programme and at least 20 have moved on to tertiary institutions or have been employed, Jamalco said.