J'can students to benefit from City & Guilds/HEART MoU

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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CITY & Guilds of London Institute has signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the HEART Trust/NTA aimed at providing HEART students with globally recognised certifications in math and English.

The agreement was signed at HEART's head office in New Kingston last Friday, by City & Guilds International Director Jeremy Dahdi and HEART Managing Director Dr Janet Dyer, a recent release said.

“Our labour market surveys continue to show that there is an expanding need for high-level skills in several key sectors of the economic spectrum. We have to meet those needs,” said Dr Dyer.

Through the MoU, students of HEART Trust/NTA now have the opportunity to sit the fundamental examinations in addition to the technical and vocational exams currently offered by the institution.

City & Guilds math and English certifications are being offered at the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) level, an alternative to the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council.

“Critically, this MoU will also aid in the development of an apprenticeship strategy that meets industry needs, which is one of the central planks of the merged entity, that is the HEART Trust/NTA, the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning, the National Youth Service, and the Apprenticeship Board,” Dyer said in lauding the educational thrust during the signing ceremony. “The new HEART Trust is on a mission to create an exciting new pool of apprentices in a wide range of skill areas so they can take full advantage of the growing need for technical skills and workplace competencies in the economy.

Jamaica's relationship with the City & Guilds London began in 2009 when the Ministry of Education partnered with the institution to launch CAP. A year later, Jamaica participated in another City & Guilds contract for the delivery of exams in mathematics and English in all CAP centres worldwide.

City & Guilds reportedly took its educational initiative a step further in July 2014 by collaborating with the Caribbean Maritime University on the introduction of culturally relevant mathematics and English curricula for Jamaican students. The cultural programme allows students to not only improve their understanding of English and mathematics, but to develop presentation skills on the subject areas.

In continuing the long-standing relationship between the two parties, Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid, along with Dahdi, is now contemplating the extension of the existing contract for math and English skills, and greater collaboration on the delivery of City & Guilds qualifications including engineering.

Approximately 20,000 candidates registered for the math and English exams in June 2018. The ministry expects that the number of candidates registering for the June 2019 exams will significantly improve with the MoU between City & Guilds and HEART.

City & Guilds has provided 77,000 certificates to Jamaican students since 2010.

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