DCS partners with the HOPE Programme

Published: Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is partnering with the Housing Opportunity Production and Employment, HOPE programme to give youths an internship opportunity. Fifteen (15) interns are presently attached to the Department. Three interns are at Spanish Town Probation Aftercare Office, two at the Portmore Probation Aftercare Office and ten at the head office of the DCS. The interns are expected to be with the Department of Correctional Services for a period of four months and will end their internship in December.They will assist in digitization, filing and other activities.

In welcoming the interns, Commissioner of Corrections, Ms. Ina Hunter encouraged them to be proud of themselves and the path they are on to achieve their goals in life. She noted that no one has control over where they are from, however persons have control over what they accomplish. Ms. Hunter advised the HOPE interns to make the best of the opportunity.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness officially launched the HOPE programme on May 8, 2017. HOPE provides educational and job opportunities for young people between the ages of 18-24 years for training and apprenticeship experience. Participants are trained and certified in several areas including Digitization, General Construction, Customer Service, GIS Mapping and Hospitality among others. HOPE is for youths who are not in school,not working and not in other training. Participantsare required to attend training inclusive of Core Skills (Values and Attitudes) and Technical Skills training.