HEART NSTA Trust 2022

A Digitally Literate Jamaica The Trust will continue to support the Government’s thrust to create a digitally literate society. Government agencies have increased their online presence, converting business processes using digital technologies (digitalisation) for example, taxes and related services, National Housing Trust refunds and the COVID-19 CARE programme. What this means, is that all Jamaicans will need to be digitally literate to effectively access basic services and undertake transactions without cash. Additionally, micro and small enterprises need support in the use of technologies for business enhancement for example, video conferencing, inventory management, social media and e-commerce. The Trust will be a catalyst in creating a digitally liberated citizenry that uses technology confidently; organise data; can find use and evaluate information; communicate and participate in the online environment; manage their online and personal identity and security and create online content. Consequently, the Trust has introduced digital literacy as a core unit within all training programmes. However, there is a need for greater focus on the general citizenry. The Organisation will train 12,000 persons in 2022-2023 in the Enhance job Readiness Programme which includes Cognitive Skills, Digital Skills and Soft Skills. STEAM Integration The Trust in 2022/ 2023 will place greater emphasis on the infusion of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), digital and non-cognitive skills, including interpersonal and socioemotional skills, such as resilience and curiosity to safeguard the employability of the workforce. The following will be areas of focus in keeping with the International Labour Organisation STEM in TVET Curriculum Guide: • STEAM knowledge, which relates to subject-specific understanding of concepts, theories, principles, laws, and contexts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. It also involves the application of content and techniques from the STEAM disciplines to solve workrelated and other real-world problems. • Thinking skills; applied to solve problems, understand connections, make informed decisions, or innovate and includes creative thinking, critical thinking, systems thinking, problem solving, transdisciplinary thinking, decisionmaking, computational thinking, ethical thinking. • Multiliteracies which refers to the various literacy forms that connects STEAM knowledge, skills, attitudes, dispositions, and values. The literacies include numeracy, digital literacy, civic literacy, cultural literacy, occupational health, entrepreneurial literacy, and organisational literacy. • Socio-Emotional Intelligence which refers to one’s ability to be aware of his own emotions and those of others and effective use of that information to manage social interactions effectively. Socio-emotional intelligence components include communication, collaboration, empathy, agency, lifelong learning, resilience leadership, service orientation, project management and a global mindset. Jamaica 60th Anniversary Scholarships HEART is known for serving the underserved, many of whom have an interest in pursuing higher level Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes such as engineering, construction or nursing. To commemorate Jamaica’s 60th anniversary the Trust will provide 60 tertiary TVET scholarships to unattached youth to pursue studies at any local accredited education and training institution of higher learning. HEART/NSTA OUTLOOK CONTINUED 40