August 24, 2019

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams, says Jamaica’s youth are being equipped with tools needed to lead digital change. 

Speaking to the over 600 participants in the second year of the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP), she urged them to become tech entrepreneurs, saying this would place them at the forefront of Jamaica’s digital transformation. 

Participants will receive three months of training in ICT from the Caribbean Maritime University. Topics to be covered include digital literacy, data collection and analysis and social media management. This will be followed by two months of training in systems administration by the HEART Trust NTA through HOPE. The engagement will continue with participants providing administrative support at a Community Access Point in their area for 4 weeks.

The programme will conclude with 6 months of on the job experience at an organization within the private or public sector. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be certified by the Caribbean Maritime University and the HEART Trust and will receive a certificate of completion from the Universal Service Fund.  Participants will receive a weekly stipend of $10,600 which includes a compulsory savings component of $1,000.

Minister Williams says the Technology Advancement Programme is being joined by the Government’s Training and Apprenticeship Programme, the Housing, Opportunity and Employment Programme (HOPE) for the first time.