More than 12,000 young persons were engaged in training and apprenticeship activities under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme from April to October.
- The first batch of Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) privates under HOPE’s Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC) programme, received their certificates after successfully completing one year of service. Six privates, who were outstanding in performance, are currently in Canada receiving training under an accelerated programme to become commissioned officers.
- 50 animation instructors from training institutions islandwide upgraded their skills under the Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) Project.
- The Red Hills Skills Training Centre in St. Andrew was renovated at a cost of $3 million to offer unattached youth four skills-based courses through a partnership with the HEART Trust/NTA.
- Approximately 60 engineering graduates benefitted from skills upgrading in China.