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250 Mocho youth to receive free HEART Trust training

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMCecelia Campbell Livingston

MOCHO, Clarendon:

Two hundred and fifty unattached youth who hail from Mocho, Clarendon will be benefiting from a skills training programme courtesy of a combined effort between HEART/NTA and councillor for the division Romaine Morris.

Youth between the ages of 17 - 30 will receive free training in the areas of practical nursing, hospitality, commercial food preparation and valley management, plus a daily stipend of $500. Classes will be held at Royal College of Arts and Social Sciences and Lennon High School in Mocho.

At the orientation which took place at the May Pen Baptist Church on Monday, HEART Trust NTA coordinator Venris Freckleton, while expressing pleasure at the turn out of the youth, said it is a sign that they really want to be trained.

"I feel the energy of these young people wanting to better themselves, I feel your drive," he said, even as he urged them to use the negatives and transform them into positives.

Morris told Rural Xpress it had always been a dream of his to empower the young people there and give them some hope for the future.


"I have been working on the initiative from my days as president of the Stewarton Youth Association - where we worked closely with the youth and seniors ... so it's like mission accomplished to see 250 plus youth enrolled in this programme," he said.

Morris said after conducting an information research on the feasibility study on the maximum benefits that can be derived from particular courses, those were selected.

"Those courses were chosen anticipating the growth in the tourism sector where thousands of hotel rooms are being built and they will need certified persons to work in these areas," he said.

At the orientation, trainees expressed pleasure at the opportunities.

Principal for Royal College praised the youth for their enthusiasm and while opening their eyes to the value of the course they will be doing.

"I want you to take note that the school fee which private students would be asked to pay is $85,000.... you will be getting it free of cost. All you need to do is to pass our HEART test, that's it," she said, adding that every effort will be made to guide them, but they have to put in the work to achieve.