Minister of Science, Energy, and Technology, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right) joined the Minister of Education, Youth and Information Hon. Fayval Williams and Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Service Fund, Mr. Daniel Dawes to award participants on the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) from the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew with their certificates of completion on November 16, 2021, at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.


The Universal Service Fund (USF) concluded a series of Closing Ceremonies for over 600 participants in its second cohort of the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at the Liguanea Club in Kingston. 

TAP which was launched in 2017, provides unattached youths between the ages of 18-35 with training and certification in the field of Information and Communication Technology, through partnerships with training institutions such as Caribbean Maritime University and HEART/NSTA Trust. 

Minister of Science and Technology, Hon. Daryl Vaz in his keynote address commended the USF for making an indelible contribution to Jamaica’s development by providing internet access for all. “As a small developing state Jamaica faces the challenges of bridging the digital divide and closing the digital gaps to boost our competitiveness and increase the quality of life for our people. Skills in the wider science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields will be crucial to Jamaica’s advancement.”

Chief Executive Officer of the USF, Mr. Daniel Dawes was on hand to celebrate with the graduates said, “I am elated that the participants can receive their certification in these ceremonies which had been delayed due to COVID-19.

The USF continues to fulfil its mandate to ensure Jamaica becomes a knowledge-based society and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to seek out employment opportunities locally and internationally for the graduates.”

The seven ceremonies across the island featured empowerment messages from several mayors, councillors, partners such as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Caribbean Maritime University Professor Ibrahim Ajagunna and Senior Programmes Director at the HEART/NSTA.

There was also a strong showing from Members of Parliament which includes Minister of Education, Youth and Information. Hon Fayval, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Hon. Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development, Hon. Homer Davis, Dr Michelle Charles, Mr Phillip Paulwell, and Mr. Julian Robinson. USF is an Agency under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, mandated to ensure access to information and communication technology tools to facilitate development.

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