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Monday, November 9, 2009 – The Saint Lucia Government vows to increase the capacity of students and nationals working within the science and technology field.


Minister for the Public Service and Human Resource Development Honourable Lennard Montoute, says there is a definite dearth of Human Resource in the Technological area, a realisation made, because Government has continually to source skilled workers for projects of national importance.

Minister Montoute says his Government has brought science and technology into sharp focus. “Very often, even in construction , we have to bring in imported labour to meet the demand that those investments require. We would be very happy, and it would be a lot more beneficial to us and our economy, if we were to provide the necessary skills that are needed for those investments, so that locals can meet that demand.”


Minister Montoute, in applauding government's recent alliance with the New England School of Technology, says he will continue advocating for more educational opportunities for students to pursue, or continue tertiary and professional level qualification in science and technology. “We have the Sir Arthur Lewis' Community College which is a diverse community college with a technical wing, but after our students have gotten up to that stage, they need to be given the opportunity to go further afield to improve themselves in the technical areas,” Mr. Montoute said.


The New England School of Technology provides degree programs in science and various specialisations within the technological field namely: media graphics, architecture, construction and plumbing and automotive engineering, among other subject areas.

Interested students may contact the Public Service Training Division for additional information.

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