27 benefit from JSIF behaviour-change programme
Twenty-seven young people from the communities of Granville and Tucker in St James have benefited from training in various skill sets under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Behaviour-Change Programme.
JSIF Social Development Manager Mona Sue-Ho said that the training, which also focused on behaviour modification, was aimed at preparing the youth for the world of work.
“We have to now look at new ways to equip our youngsters for the world ahead, and one such measure is to ensure that we have short courses that they can do so that they can easily enter the job market as an employee or self-employed. So the skills that [they] have learned, they can either go to work for someone or work for themselves,” she pointed out.
She was speaking at the graduation and closing ceremony held at the Family and Parenting Centre in Unity Hall on Wednesday.
Executive director of the centre, Dr Beverly Scott, commended the youngsters on the strides made, particularly in the area of behaviour modification.
“They now reflect the principles of anger management, conflict-resolution and good manners. They have come a long way. They have expressed a greater understanding of how they can positively contribute to their communities and the effects of negative behaviour on themselves and their families,”she noted.The training was undertaken over five months in areas such as barbering, customer service, cosmetology, baking, and soft furnishing and included on-the-job training at hotels across western Jamaica.
Scott said the youngsters “performed admirably” during their apprenticeship, and several of them have been requested to submit their résumés in order to take up vacant positions.
During the graduation ceremony, the youngsters were presented with certificates of completion from the JSIF as well as HEART Trust/NTA certification in customer service.
The JSIF’s Behaviour-Change Programme is being implemented through support from the European Union.