Douglas McIntosh July 12, 2014
institutions are being urged to provide the necessary training to prepare
workers for jobs which the Logistics Hub Initiative is expected to generate.
Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, emphasized that tertiary
institutions must play a “major role” in the development of the special
economic zones (SEZs), deemed central to the hub’s success, by training the
local workforce to world class standards.
Minister was speaking at the University of Technology (UTech) Logistics Hub
panel discussion on the campus on July 10, held under the theme: ‘Exploring
Human Capacity Building Opportunities’.
the global marketplace’s “readiness” for Jamaica’s elevation to being the
fourth node in the global supply chain, Mr. Hylton said implementation of the
logistics hub will have a “far-reaching impact” in transforming the economy and
society, “and will influence our human capacity development…an inevitable
outcome of implementing this initiative.”
Minister pointed out that several integrated mixed use or specialized
large-scale SEZs will be established to promote value-added industries capable
of generating employment, export growth, and food and energy security.
primary focus of the SEZs will be on human capital development. We believe our
tertiary institutions can and must play a major role in improving the attractiveness
of these special economic zones by providing the necessary training at the
undergraduate and post-graduate levels,” he argued.
this will be the development of apprenticeship programmes for students desirous
of increased exposure to the range of industries that will “gain a foothold” in
the SEZs, the Minister said.
noted that the City and Guilds of London Institute in the United Kingdom,
through its local office, has partnered with the Caribbean Maritime Institute
(CMI), under an expanded collaboration with the Ministry of Education, to
introduce a “culturally relevant” Mathematics and English curricula for
the Minister argued, is critical to developing a well trained and certified
Jamaican workforce, within the context of the current global dispensation.
Hylton pointed out that as the logistics hub development proceeds, the
administration is “seeking to ensure that as many (job) positions as possible
are filled by Jamaicans.”
regard, he emphasized the need for the necessary research to be undertaken, and
for immediate action to be taken “to seize the many opportunities that are to
charge, therefore, is for our tertiary institutions, which are already engaged
through the Education Committee of the Logistics Task Force, to find out the
needs of the companies or sectors that will utilize the SEZs, and to provide
the relevant courses or training,” the Minister added.
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