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HEART NTA refutes 'Brownings, please'

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2011 | 5:32 PM

The HEART Trust/NTA is refuting reports that some employers have been requesting light-skinned trainees to take up posts in their companies.

The Agency broke its silence on the issue in a release this afternoon.

On September 11, The Sunday Gleaner reported that a source from within the agency had disclosed that the HEART Trust/NTA has been receiving requests from some firms for brown or light-skinned trainees.

The article further said that in some instances these employers note the requests on forms provided by HEART under a section that asks them to list specifications that the prospective trainee should meet.

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However, HEART Trust says this is not true.

The Trust says it conducted an extensive search of its records and interviewed staff involved in the recruitment process and has determined that there is no evidence of employers requesting light-skinned trainees.

The HEART Trust / NTA says it does not place trainees based on looks or other physical or non-trainable attributes but solely on competencies and job-fit.

It says it remains committed to fulfilling its mandate of training all working age Jamaicans regardless of gender, colour or class.

In the meantime, the HEART Trust says it has complied with a request for clarification on the matter from the Public Defender by way of two letters.