JIS: The Red Hills Skills Training Centre in St. Andrew has been renovated at a cost of $3 million and will now offer unattached youth four skill-based courses through partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA.
The refurbishing was undertaken through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), which provides members of Parliament with financial resources to execute approved social and economic programmes within their constituencies.
The four courses that will be offered are Electrical Installation, Webpage Design, House Keeping and Customer Engagement Operation (Business Process Outsourcing).
Member of Parliament for St. Andrew West Rural, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, in her remarks at the reopening on Thursday (September 6), said the facility will enable young people to receive skills training and certification in order to become employable.
She informed that 150 students in St. Andrew West Rural have benefited from tuition grants to pursue higher education through the CDF.
Acting Senior Manager of Special Projects and Community Training, HEART Trust/NTA, Elizabeth Danvers, informed that Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) classes in mathematics and English language will also be offered at the centre.
Based on assessment, students will be encouraged to do another course for their personal development.
“These courses will be offered through the National Unattached Youth Programme. We are looking [at] and anticipating future partnerships [and] we hope this facility will be fully utilised in the years to come,” Ms. Danvers said.
She indicated that orientation for classes will be held on September 11 at the nearby Red Hills Methodist Church and is appealing for unattached youth to attend and register for courses.
She encouraged residents to “spread the word to your friends, persons you see sitting on the street [and] not doing anything. Encourage them to be a part of this wonderful facility”.
CAPTION: Member of Parliament, St. Andrew West Rural, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn (fourth right), is assisted by Director, Constituency Development Fund, Kedesha Campbell (third right); Councillor, Red Hills Division, Rohan Hall (left); and Parish Manager, Social Development Commission, Sandra Goulbourne (second left) in unveiling the new sign for the renovated Red Hills Skills Training Centre, at the official reopning on Thursday (September 6). Also sharing in the moment were Custos Rotulorum for the parish of St. Andrew, Dr. Patricia Dunwell (second right) and President, Community Development Committee, Janice Lewis.