“Focus on high-level technical and vocational skills” … charge from UWI Professor at HEART Trust – VTDI event
Students from Bellefield, Manchester and Porus High Schools got the opportunity to 'try their hands' at assembling solar panels. The ocassion was the recently concluded TVET Expose held at the Vocational Training Development Institute - Mandeville Campus.
Winner of last season's Innovators (on TVJ) and graduate of the VTDI, Andre Allen sat down for an interview with RJR's Hotline Hosts, Dr Orville Taylor. Andre is the Managing Director of A.J. Draughting Associates Ltd which is a draughting and design company offering architects, engineers and other building professional technical support. A. J. Draughting was on display the TVET Expose on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 on the Mandeville Campus of the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI).
Another call has been made for Jamaican learners to concentrate on the development of advanced skills as a tool to enhance personal and national economic growth.
The call was made by Professor Halden Morris, Deputy Dean in the Department of Graduate Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, in a recent address to participants at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) exposé at the HEART Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) Mandeville Campus in Manchester.
Professor Morris noted that the development of high-level skills must become a priority of all skills-training entities if the Jamaican economy is to move forward. He said high-level technical and vocational skills are the key to Jamaica’s survival and the country must therefore seek to develop more competencies in these areas.
He challenged participants to broaden their horizons by embracing new and emerging technologies to enhance the traditional skills they have already learnt.
Referring to the theme of the exposé, “Exploring Skills for Work and for Life”, Professor Morris said Jamaicans must diligently explore untapped areas of the multi-billion dollar computer industry to provide services which will be in demand in the future. He said for this to be materialized, training agencies must stay on the cutting edge.
“It is time to start thinking of developing ‘futuristic skills’ to provide the knowledge workforce that will be in demand locally and internationally, five years from now,” said Professor Morris.
Also addressing the exposé, Senior Director-TVET Development and Support Systems at the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr Marcia Rowe Amonde stated that the National Training Agency remains committed to training and equipping persons for the world of work so that they might add value to industry and to their personal lives. Dr Rowe Amonde said the focus on TVET can play a major role in reducing Jamaica’s youth employment.
The VTDI is the advanced professional development institution of the HEART Trust/National Training Agency and offers programmes at the diploma, degree and postgraduate levels. The TVET Exposé was hosted to engage the wider public in activities that will increase interest in the training programme offerings of the Campus.