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Thousands of students participated in various career development activities from February 9-15 in the six regions across the island in celebration of National Careers Week 2019. Junior Achievement Jamaica in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, HEART Trust National Training Agency with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Citibank, JPS and ICWI featured events across the island in support of the goal of National Careers Week (NCW).
The week-long event commenced with church services in the six regions on March 9th. Hundreds of careers events took place in primary and secondary school across the island. One such event focused on Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurs; Secondary Early Education Development (JACE SEED) regional pitch from young entrepreneurs. In addition, primary school students participated in the JA BizTown Program featuring their concept of “business of the future”. Students competed for top prizes with cash awards, trophies and medals on Thursday, February 14.
The week concluded on Friday, February 15 with “Manager for a Day”. Manager for a Day promotes experiential student learning and fosters productive relationships among business, education and the community. Students spent the day with companies as organizations across Jamaica hosted students in their companies to view a day in the life in their business, while others delivered information to the students in the schools focusing on the skills that employers look for. One common theme that came through in these companies’ presentations was the need for employees to possess a positive attitude. Companies such Couples Resort, Bashco Trading, The Ministry of Finance, JP, GK General Insurance, Grace Agro Processing, Ernst & Young Services Ltd. Black River Fire Department were some of the companies that participated in this important activity.