Government to setup Jamaica School of Hospitality, $400m budget
The government is to spend $400 million to construct a school and hotel to train individuals to take up high-level jobs in the tourist industry.
The announcement was made by tourism minister Edmund Bartlett at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House this morning.
Bartlett said the Jamaica School of Hospitality is to begin accepting students in 2018.
He says the time has come for Jamaicans to take part in the management of the tourism industry.
However, he notes that many Jamaicans are unable to secure jobs in the middle and upper levels of the industry because they lack the requisite training and experience.
He says the school will address this problem.
Bartlett says the ministry will be partnering with several overseas universities to deliver the programme.
A memorandum of understanding to set up the school was signed at this morning's press briefing.