USF Targets 600 Unattached Youth For Phase 2 Of TAP

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (left) and Participant of TAP (Right)

Another 600 young men and women are slated to benefit from the Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) at the start of the upcoming academic year.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams made the disclosure at the launch of the second phase of the programme at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (July 30).

The Government’s advancement programme launched in December 2017, set out to engage 1,000 unattached youth between the ages 18 and 35.

According to the Technology Minister, “Many of these young people did not complete secondary-level education. For others, they had difficulty assimilating into a structured workforce. TAP created a bridge where we were able to develop within our youth the technological know-how to successfully navigate and contribute to this economy and the betterment of their lives”

Between 2018 and 2019, approximately 89 per cent of the cohort were engaged, of which over 600 are currently certified and placed in jobs within the private and public sector, the Minister underscored.

Minister Williams says the government’s advancement programme spearheaded by USF will welcome unattached youth who are interested and offer them a stipend, three months’ training from the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and nine months on-the-job experience.

The programme forms part of the USF’s mandate under the Telecommunications Act 2012 to create a Knowledge-based society through training.

The Technology Minister also cites the 2018 Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum which states that “skills gap across all industries are poised to grow in the fourth industrial revolution [and] at least 133 million new roles may be generated as a result of the new provision of labour between human’s machine and algorithms by 2022.” She further expressed the importance of equipping youth with the skills and work experience necessary to participate in the global digital economy.

Persons interested in applying can contact the Universal Service Fund.

Vaughn Thorpe

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