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ACCC joins with Jamaican counterparts addressing issues affecting advanced skills for employment

2014-denise-cccj-jamaicaOcho Rios, Jamaica, January 8, 2014 – Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) is pleased to accept the invitation of the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) to join them in examining critical transformations to support post secondary education.

“Participating in this conference is a chance to strengthen links between Canada’s colleges, institutes and polytechnics and Jamaican institutions looking to address issues that lead to skills for employment,” said Amyot. “Enhancing business partnerships is identified as a priority for Jamaica. Canada’s colleges and institutes are experts in this area and contribute to economic growth and employment opportunities for students.”

A priority for ACCC, the CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE) is a seven-year program designed to support the economic development of the Caribbean region by strengthening its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. This is done in partnership with the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies. It supports education and training institutions and National Training Agencies (NTAs) in the region to move from a traditional, academic, supply-driven training system to a more responsive, applied, demand-driven one that meets the needs of learners and the labour market.

C-EFE is undertaken with a $20M financial support of the Government of Canada and is implemented by ACCC. In Jamaica, the C-EFE is working with HEART Trust/NTA and three colleges to strengthen the delivery of skills development programs:

•         The National Tool and Engineering Institute is working with St. Lawrence College to develop a new program in renewable energies;

•         Excelsior College is developing a new program in logistics management with Niagara College working with the Marine Institute; and

•         Garmex Heart Academy is working, along with T.A. Marryshow Community College from Grenada, with Nova Scotia Community College to develop new programs for the creative and cultural industries.

Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Robert Ready, welcomed the visit of Ms. Amyot, noting that the C-EFE project has “permitted Canada to deepen our relationships with Jamaican community colleges and to share Canadian expertise in delivering demand-driven TVET, with the intention of increasing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for Jamaican youth.”

The Association welcomes the opportunity to engage with CCCJ and educational stakeholders on ways to address Jamaica’s emerging priorities, including input for examining management structures and strategies to engage the business community. ACCC and its members will continue to support this important work.

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly-funded colleges and institutes, with 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities.

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For more information:

Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
Twitter: @ACCC_Comms