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Canada supports Green Skills Career Fair and Renewable Energy Technology Exposition


On Thursday (November 28), the High Commissioner of Canada in Jamaica, Robert Ready, will deliver remarks at the Green Skills Career Fair and Renewable Energy Technology Exposition which will be held at the National Tool and Engineering Institute (NTEI) at 7 Ashenheim Road, Kingston.


The event which is funded by the Government of Canada under the CARICOM Education for Employment Project will be jointly hosted by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Saint Lawrence College from Ontario, HEART Trust, and the National Tool and Engineering Institute.


Senior secondary school students from across Jamaica will have the opportunity to learn about the growing demand for ‘green’ technical skills. Green skills are those needed to work effectively in many new occupations including the renewable energy sector, recycling and pollution clean up.  Green skills are also needed in existing jobs such as energy management, wastewater treatment, and energy conservation. Several Jamaican firms will be on hand to showcase their technologies and speak to students about potential careers in the green economy. Educators from Jamaica, Barbados, St. Kitts and Canada will also be in attendance.


High Commissioner Ready emphasized that “Green skills are increasingly in demand in today’s job market.  There are simply not enough people with the right skills to fill all the jobs.  The Green Job Skills and Renewable Energy Showcase will highlight some of the leading-edge green technologies here in Jamaica.”


HEART Trust Executive Director, Dr. Wayne Wesley, who will also be speaking at the event, added that, ‘in many ways, Jamaica is leading the charge to fill the growing green skills shortage in the Caribbean. Jamaican students now have more options when choosing a career path and a skilled job in green technology is an increasingly attractive one to consider.”


The HEART Trust and the National Tool and Engineering Institute are engaged in a college partnership with Saint Lawrence College from Ontario, Canada. This partnership will unfold over the next three years and students from this new technical training program will be eligible to receive the Caribbean Vocational Qualification, or CVQ.


Don Young, Dean of Applied Sciences at St. Lawrence College, who is heading a delegation of instructors to the National Tool and Engineering Institute this week stated that, “the collaboration between St. Lawrence College and the National Tool and Engineering Institute is well underway.  We hope to see the program up and running in the New Year.”


Students will have a unique opportunity to ‘test out’ working with environmentally friendly technologies at the Green Skills Job Fair.  Ten teams will compete to build the best solar oven and solar photovoltaic electric motor with supplies provided by St Lawrence College. Lab tours will also be held for participants.




Editor’s note: CEIS also took part in this Career Fair.

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