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Thousands to be trained for jobs in Digitisation and Animation

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 10:45 AM
This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows characters Yi (left), voiced by Chloe Bennet, and Jin, voiced by Tenzing Norgay Trainor, in a scene from ‘Abominable’.

Thousands of young people are to be trained for jobs in digitisation and animation in the new fiscal year.

The Government has allocated $986.6 million in the 2020/21 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, for the training of 2,500 youth in the digitisation of records, with 1,250 to be placed in internship programmes.

A further 80 are to be equipped with skills in 2D and 3D animation.

The funds will also provide for procurement of hardware and software for seven training institutions and five community centres; refurbishing and equipping of four community centres; and development of  a policy note and strategic plan for the animation industry.

The Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries Project aims to enhance the skills of Jamaica's youth to improve their employability.

As at December 2019, a total of 158 persons have been trained in specialised aspects of 2D and 3D animation; 6,054 in digitisation of records, with 3,950 placed in internship programmes in the public and private sectors.

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