Government expanding energy sector to generate more jobs

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams, says the Government is working to develop the energy sector and infrastructure to enable young persons to secure jobs in the field after obtaining the requisite training and experience.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Hon. Fayval Williams (left), cuts the ribbon to officially open the Jamaica Public Service (JPS)/Marubeni Power International Innovation Lab (iLab) during a ceremony at the JPS’ head office in New Kingston on Tuesday (October 29). Looking on (from second left), are Chief Operations Officer (COO), JPS, Gary Barrow; COO, Marubeni Power International, Mo Majeed; and President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), JPS, Emanuel DaRosa. iLab, which was developed in consultation with the University of the West Indies (UWI), aims to provide students and university graduates with valuable work experience in the energy industry.
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Hon. Fayval Williams (left), cuts the ribbon to officially open the Jamaica Public Service (JPS)/Marubeni Power International Innovation Lab (iLab) during a ceremony at the JPS’ head office in New Kingston on Tuesday (October 29). Looking on (from second left), are Chief Operations Officer (COO), JPS, Gary Barrow; COO, Marubeni Power International, Mo Majeed; and President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), JPS, Emanuel DaRosa. iLab, which was developed in consultation with the University of the West Indies (UWI), aims to provide students and university graduates with valuable work experience in the energy industry.

“As Energy Minister, I am passionate about our youth and providing them with opportunities so that they can achieve their full potential; and I believe that the area of energy is a good place for them to excel,” she said.

The Minister was speaking at the official launch of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS)/Marubeni Power International Innovation Lab (iLab) at JPS’s head office in New Kingston on Tuesday, October 29.

“Our youth are living in a time where this convergence is changing the nature of the industry.”

— Fayval Williams

Williams noted that with renewable energy sources and other options, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), becoming more widely incorporated in Jamaica’s energy mix, greater employment opportunities will be provided for the youth.

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Fayval Williams

“The energy sector is where all the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) converge, and our youth are living in a time where this convergence is changing the nature of the industry and providing tremendous job and career opportunities,” Williams said.

She noted that the energy revolution will require more electrical, civil and mechanical engineers, solar photovoltaic (PV) technicians, experts in wind systems and energy efficiency and “a whole gamut of other professionals”.