HEART Trust Responds to Needs in Renewable Energy Sector

A One kilowatt stand-alone solar energy system that was installed by trainees in the programme, is on display.



KINGSTON, Jamaica – Since last year, the HeartTrust/NTA’s National Tool and Engineering Institute (NTEI) has been offering a renewable energy programme developed to train and certify individuals at level four of the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J).


The programme, Renewable Energy and Efficiency Technology (REET), is being delivered in partnership with St Lawrence College of Canada.


“The programme is being implemented in response to the need for a skilled workforce in Jamaica’s renewable energy sector,” a news release from the institution said Tuesday.


The initiative is part of a regional Caribbean Education for Employment (C-EFE) CAD$20-million programme being implemented by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and sponsored by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development.


NTEI launched its part-time programme in 2014, enrolling 66 trainees in REET’s first cohort.


“These students came to NTEI with employment and entrepreneurship experience in the renewable energy, building/property maintenance, Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning, military, and industrial maintenance sectors,” the release read. “The two-year programme is offered in the evenings, enabling students to remain employed while improving their skills in the classroom.”


The full-time programme is to be launched in September.