HEART in the NEWS: New 'Lift' for youngsters

As recently announced, the Ministry of Education and Youth, along with the HEART/NSTA Trust are embarking on a programme that is planned to target five hundred (500) young people over the next five (5) years.

In a recent press briefing, Managing Director of the Trust, Dr. Taniesha Ingleton, along with other executive representatives from the Ministry of Education and Youth and the Office of the Prime Minister, spoke more about the programme.

See below, an excerpt of the article by the Jamaica Observer covering the topic:

“Providing details on how the programme will be carried out, managing director of HEART/NSTA Trust, Dr Taneisha Ingleton said the aim of the initiative is to “make our young people Monday morning ready”.

“As the country approaches full employment — and we have the data to indicate that we are almost at full employment — we have to ensure that our ‘out of school’ population is directed into the workforce with work-ready knowledge, with work-ready skills and with work-ready attitudes,” she said.

She explained that successful applicants will go through a three-phased process which includes rigorous recruitment and orientation exercises which will determine their competences and where best placed. During the process, their employability skills will also be enhanced where they will be trained in financial and digital literacy.

“Then there is the engagement period which is eight weeks. So we will take them through eight weeks of skills training and in this particular phase, we will help them to open bank accounts, we will help them to get their tax registration number, we will help them to get their national insurance scheme number and their driver’s licence. They will be taken through a programme where they learn to drive. We will provide them with their provisional driver”s licence exam and during the period of placement, we will collaborate with the various ministries, departments and agencies for them to do their actual driving test to be secured with their driver’s licence,” she said.

Ingleton said the exciting aspect of the initiative is the year of immersion where participants will be placed across MDAs and in private sector entities in collaboration with the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica.

 

8 responses to “HEART in the NEWS: New 'Lift' for youngsters”

  1. Kimberlee Taylor Avatar
    Kimberlee Taylor

    How can I be apart of the lift program please to let me know

    1. SCrooks Avatar

      Good day Kimberlee, Thanks for contacting the HEART NSTA, Trust. We appreciate your interest in our programme. To be enrolled in the LIFT Initiative programme you are required to be a recent graduate from 5th Form or 6th Form, have at least 3 CSEC subjects including Mathematics and English. Please be advised that applications were concluded on August 31, 2023. The next tentative window for applications will be this summer, 2024. Kindly stay tuned for any developments on our social media channels.

  2. Kimberlee Taylor Avatar
    Kimberlee Taylor

    How can I be a part of the lift program please to let me know?

    1. SCrooks Avatar

      Good day Kimberlee, we appreciate you reaching out to the HEART NSTA, Trust. Thank you for your interest in our programme. To be enrolled in the LIFT initiative programme you are required to finish fifth or sixth form, completed at least three CSEC subjects, which includes math and english, and be able to show that you are enrolled in the PATH program or have a letter from a justice of the peace proving your financial need. The deadline for the LIFT Initiative application was closed on August 31, 2023. The initiative will continue for the next five years. Applications will be open this summer 2024. For any updates, follow us on our social media channels. For more information you may visit our website: https://www.heart-nsta.org/.

  3. Roan james Avatar
    Roan james

    I would like to apply

    1. RDavis Avatar

      Good Morning, Roan. Thank you for your interest in our Learning & Investment for Transformation (LIFT) Programme. This year’s LIFT application deadline was August 31st.The tentative application window is next summer. Please continue to monitor our social media platforms for updates.

  4. D'Andre Matthews Avatar
    D’Andre Matthews

    I’m very interested in this program and what it offers

    1. Jodian Avatar

      Good afternoon, D’Andre. Thank you for your interest in our Learning & Investment for Transformation (LIFT) Programme. This year’s LIFT application deadline was August 31st.The tentative application window is next summer. Please continue to monitor our social media platforms for updates. To learn more about the program, please click link provided: https://www.heart-nsta.org/on-the-job-learning/

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