The Universal Service Fund is now accepting applications from unattached youth interested in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) training.

The intervention, dubbed the Technology Advancement Programme (TAP), is a year-long initiative, that provides participants with training, practical experience and certification in ICT.

Since being launched in 2017, 890 young persons have been impacted by the programme. This year, TAP will target 600 young persons aged 18-35 from across the country.

Speaking Tuesday at the launch of the second tranche of the programme, Minister of Science Energy and Technology Hon. Fayval Williams said TAP goes to the heart of the Ministry’s efforts to create a digitally inclusive and literate society.

“TAP created a bridge where we were able to develop within our youth, the technological know-how to successfully navigate and contribute to this economy and the betterment of their own lives” Minister Williams said.

Under the first phase of the programme, participants received three months of training from the Caribbean Maritime University followed by nine months of work experience at entities across the private and public sectors.

75% of TAP participants completed the training component of the intervention and were certified by the Caribbean Maritime University. Several participants under the work experience component of the programme were also retained by their host organizations after their internships.

For 2019 participants will still receive three months of training in ICT from the Caribbean Maritime University but will also receive two months of training in systems administration by the HEART Trust NTA through the Programme for Housing Opportunity Production and Employment (HOPE).

The engagement will continue with participants providing administrative support at one of the 311 community computer labs established by the Universal Service Fund island-wide. The programme concludes with 6 months of on the job experience at an organization within the private or public sector.

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be certified by the Caribbean Maritime University and the HEART Trust NTA and will receive a certificate of completion from the Universal Service Fund. 

Participants will receive a weekly stipend of $10,600 inclusive of a compulsory savings component.

Interested persons aged 18-35 are invited to apply for the programme by visiting the USF’s website – Training under The Technology Advancement Programme will commence in September 2019.