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NCB Foundation spending $25 million to train 3,000 displaced workers

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Chief executive officer of the NCB Foundation, Nadeen Matthews Blair - Contributed photo

The NCB Foundation is now sifting through thousands of applications to select 3,000 Jamaicans made jobless because of COVID-19 who will benefit from digital courses.

The courses are designed to empower the jobless with new skills they may use to start earning an income.

Chief Executive Officer of the NCB Foundation Nadeen Matthews Blair says $25 million has been set aside for the programme.

The courses include crisis counselling, online freelancing, digital marketing, transcription, graphic art and voiceover.

"We saw the opportunity to marry education and digital literacy," said Matthews Blair, adding that the Foundation has partnered with iCreate, Internet Income Jamaica and the Northern Caribbean University.

The application deadline was Friday and Matthews Blair said well over 3,000 persons applied. Since its inception in 2003, the NCB Foundation has donated $1.5 billion to charitable causes with around $900 million going towards education.

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