Digital Youth Employment Initiative trains 123 Jamaican youth in professional ICT Skills

Avasant Foundation with the support of the University of Technology Jamaica celebrated the graduation of the Digital Youth Employment Initiative, which consisted in the training of 123 youth in Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica. Since the pilot program in June 2015 and its summer series in May 2016, the initiative has provided Jamaican disadvantaged youth with professional ICT skills in order to help them find their way into the work market.

Additionally, the program counts with the support or relevant industry partner stakeholders that were gathered by the Government of Jamaica’s JAMPRO Investment Promotion Division. More than half of the graduates have already found an employment with the partner organizations that include iTel-BPO Solutions, HGS, Xerox, Scotiabank, Tritel, IBEX, 24-7 In Touch and BPIAJ.

It is expected that by the next year, the program will scale under the platform Future Jamaica thus increasing the amount of trained youth up to 800 individuals. Providing them with ICT skills helps them to be hired by companies from the tech industry or become entrepreneurs and implement their own business ideas.

Additional Sources: OpenPR