The Jamaica government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Public/Private Sector Partnership in Education Committee on how to better align education and training to meet the needs of the Jamaican labor market.
A government statement noted that with youth unemployment at an estimated 30 per cent, it is taking a targeted focus on human capital development through education and training, in order to improve the nation’s labor market outcomes.
Under the five-year MOU, an extensive review of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s programs will be undertaken, with the objective of establishing an institutional framework and strategies to deepen the alignment of the education and training sector to national labor market needs.
Education Minister Ruel Reid said the initiative forms part of the reform of the education and training system. He said through this collaborative effort, he anticipates that future generations will be better equipped with the required competences for working in local industry.
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