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Rural youth benefit from skills training

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2016 | 5:00 AM

More than 640 young people from rural communities have received training and certification in various skill areas, enabling them to take up jobs locally and overseas or create their own employment.

The training was conducted under a three-year programme implemented by the Jamaica 4-H Clubs through funding from the Sugar Transformation Unit in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.

Providing details of the initiative, Executive Director of the 4-H Clubs Dr Ronald Blake informed that the areas of training included heavy-equipment operation, small-equipment repairs, housekeeping, and apiculture. The courses were certified by the HEART Trust/NTA.

He noted that majority of the trainees have received employment in Canada and through other overseas and local programmes.

"Importantly, more than 20 per cent of these youngsters have created their own employment," he stated, while addressing the National Achievement Expo held at the Denbigh Showground in May Pen, Clarendon, on April 29.

Highlighting achievements, Blake said that 150 youth benefited under the 4-H entrepreneurial programme, 107 agricultural scholarships were issued, 467 schools were provided with chickens, 363 hectares of land were cultivated, poultry houses were built in schools, and more than 400,000 broilers have been distributed.