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National Skills Competition 2021

November 5, 2021 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome to the Virtual Event

Welcome to our virtual event landing page. This page will provide attendees with information about our upcoming event. Frequently asked questions are available to help you. Registrar today to access this momentous skills event.

Investing in Skills Development: Shaping the Future with the Power of Skills

The National Skills Competition will take place on November 6, 2021 under the theme, “Investing in Skills Development: Shaping the Future with the Power of Skills”, as a hybrid event both online and live from Kingston and St. Elizabeth. With this year’s theme our event will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to see some of our young people have invested in their skills to shape a bright future for themselves, families and their country in competition.

The future belongs to those who can adapt and pivot. Come see our vibrant youth panel discussion on the topic, “Think Future, Think Skills” at the National TVET Youth Forum.

Start innovating your career and create your ideal job with us at the Career Workshop. It is now more important than ever to focus on career innovation for the future of work!

Register now and get access on November 5, 2021!

The HEART/NSTA Trust SMART Home Model Unit

H.E.A.R.T./NSTA Trust, Jamaica's Human Capital Development Agency, exists to build and sustain a globally-competitive Jamaican labour force trained and certified at international standards, responsive to the demands and complexities of the modern workplace. The organization is passionate about creating a Jamaican workforce, to improve Jamaica’s national productivity and competitiveness; whilst assisting the realization of Jamaica’s Vision 2030: “Jamaica the place of choice to Live, Work, Raise families and do Business”

The National Training and Programme Division of the Trust is mindful of its role and responsibility in the National Development agenda, in providing a trained and certified workforce at international standards; now seeks to go one step further to mobilise the trained workforce, in partnership with key stakeholders, to provide affordable housing solutions for the nation’s indigent and those seeking affordable housing.

Hence, the model Housing unit currently under construction was conceptualize, designed as representative sample to demonstrate our willingness and capacity participate in the mandate to provide affordable housing.

This housing unit is being built through collaborative efforts with key stakeholders/partner, instructional staff, and trainees, guided as part of their work-based learning and assessment programme. Through this project, it is expected the added benefits of enhanced trainees’ competence level, increase certification rate and providing competent worker into the workforce.

The housing unit is designed with certain key considerations to include:

  • Affordability
  • Food security
  • Energy Efficient (resilience to climate change)
  • Eco-friendly
  • Sustainability
  • Robust
  • Stylist
  • Comfort

The building will accommodate a cost-effective technological feature including:

  • Solar - Photo Voltaic Power
  • Telecommunication
  • Smart Electrical fixtures
  • Solar Water Heating
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Sustainable agriculture practice
  • Climate change resilience building system (insulated Concrete Panel)

The building of this model unit is in collaboration with The Freeform Factory through an MOU with HEART/NSTA Trust.

Persons occupying this housing unit will experience at least 15o cooler and a quieter internal environment. They will also have hot water and electricity generated from solar energy. The water supply comes primarily from rainwater harvesting. Whilst supplemental food supply can be had from the containerise gardening partially irrigated through water harvested from rainfall. Ideally, the house is equipped for sustainability. All of these added features on the unit is calculated to be competitively priced in the low cost housing market.

Our Event Programme

09:00 - 09:35AM
Opening Ceremony
09:35 - 10:05AM
National Skills Competition
10:05 - 10:10AM
Partner Endorsement 1
10:10 - 11:10AM
National TVET Youth and Career Forum
11:10 - 11:40AM
National Skills competition
11:40 - 12:10PM
TVET Professionals Feature 1 & 2
12:10 - 12:25PM
Boothe Exhibits
12:25 - 12:30PM
Partner Endorsement 2
12:30 - 1:00PM
National Skills Competition
1:00 - 1:30PM
TVET Professionals Feature 3 & 4
1:30 - 1:40PM
Launch of WorldSkills Jamaica Orientation Module
1:40 - 2:40PM
Closing Ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions

WorldSkills Jamaica is a Unit of the HEART/NSTA Trust and a member of WorldSkills International (WSI) which is a global organisation comprising eighty-five (85) countries across the world and growing. We provide support to the Jamaican TVET system to International Standards through Education and Training, Skills Development Programmes Skills Promotion, Career Building and International Cooperation and Partnerships.
The National Skills Competition provides a platform for young people between the ages of 17 and 21 years, who are engaged in skills training. This competition provides an excellent opportunity for these persons to showcase their skills and enhance their career profile by competing with their counterparts locally.

It is also used as a means of preparing competitors for the WorldSkills International Skills Competition which will be held in Shanghai on October 22-27, 2022. The competition is open to individuals in public and private schools, tertiary institutions, and HEART Trust/NTA institutions.
The Skills Competition
Twenty-one competitors will battle it out over these even (7) skills areas:
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Welding
  • Plastering and Drywall Systems
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • IT Software Solutions for Businesses
Watch our young people share their views on how gender equality, global citizenship, innovation, entrepreneurship and decent work can shape or advance the future of skills. Additionally, how they chart a career path for the future of work
We journeyed across the island to bring you some behind the scenes footage of Professionals in TVET who are owning and honing their skills. They share with us the skills that are required in carrying out their job functions. It promises to be very informative!