Renovated Red Hills skills training centre targets unattached youths
The Red Hills Skills Training Centre in St Andrew has been renovated at a cost of $3 million and will now offer unattached youths four skill-based courses through partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA.
Electrical installation, webpage design, housekeeping and customer engagement operation (Business Process Outsourcing) are the four courses that will be offered.
Acting Senior Manager for Special Projects and Community Training at the HEART Trust/NTA, Elizabeth Danvers revealed, too, that Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) classes in mathematics and English language will also be offered at the centre.
“These courses will be offered through the National Unattached Youth Programme. We are looking [at] and anticipating future partnerships [and] we hope this facility will be fully utilised,” Danvers said.
The refurbishing was undertaken through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF), which provides members of Parliament with financial resources to execute approved social and economic programmes within their constituencies.
Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, the Member of Parliament for west rural St Andrew who facilitated the renovation through the CDF, says the facility will enable young people to receive skills training and certification in order to become employable.
She says 150 students in west rural St Andrew have benefited from tuition grants to pursue higher education through the CDF.
Danvers says orientation for classes will be held on September 11 at the nearby Red Hills Methodist Church and urged unattached young persons to attend and register for courses.
She encouraged residents to “spread the word to your friends, persons you see sitting on the street [and] not doing anything. Encourage them to be a part of this wonderful facility”.