Minister of Education, Ronald Thwaites, is calling for closer collaboration between the HEART Trust/NTA and the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) to upgrade the education level of applicants who have been denied enrolment by HEART.
The minister made the call last Wednesday, during a reception to formally introduce Merris Murray as the new executive director of the foundation at the Terra Nova Hotel, St Andrew.
"One urgent matter that Ms Murray will have to spearhead is the establishment of an agreement between the HEART Trust/NTA and the Jamaican Foundation for Life-long Learning to upgrade the education level of potential applicants who HEART has had to refuse admission," he said.
"When someone applies for skills training with HEART, they are not to be turned away if they do not have the prerequisites. They are to be registered and a data bank developed, and they are to be introduced to JFLL and they are to be taken in and encouraged to engage in upgrading their competencies in order that they may then qualify to be admitted into the HEART programmes. And after they make best use of those then the progression to employment is far more likely," he added.
The education minister said this will require the closest cooperation between the agencies "and it will be necessary for both to link their personnel to engage in a sturdy partnership which will allow for the requisite training."