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Young people, educators gather for inaugural TVET Youth Leaders Summit and Forum

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 4:28 PM
A group of young people gathers for a forum recently.

More than 200 young people and overseas representatives are expected to be at the inaugural TVET Youth Leaders Summit and Forum set to take place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston this Tuesday.

The summit and forum which are shaped by the theme - “Youth Shaping the TVET Agenda: doing it for the love not the like” form part of the activities for National Careers Week and WorldSkills Jamaica |National Skills Competitions 2018.

The National Careers Week of activities began with a national church service at the Salem Baptist Church in Runaway Bay, St Ann, this morning.

The Summit is aimed, among other things, at encouraging more young people to see the advantages in embracing technical and vocational education for their career paths; motivating them to become future stewards of TVET and shape policy at the national level and kindle youth entrepreneurship by connecting trained personnel with investors.

It also brings together technocrats, industry leaders, international donors, academia, and policymakers to deliberate on the recommendations from the youth in shaping the TVET agenda.

It is expected to highlight the opportunities for education and training, industry and innovation, and infrastructure required for the expansion, activation and effective use of skills to promote economic development.

These initiatives under the auspices of WorldSkills Jamaica will culminate with the hosting of the National Skills Competitions (NSCs), at the National Arena, Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and HEART College of Construction Services (HCCS) on February 20-22.

This year, WorldSkills Jamaica will collaborate with Culinary Federation Taste of Jamaica and National Careers Week to stage skills-based activities influenced by the theme: Building the Future by Guiding the Present.