Jamaica Expands Commitment to Robotics Skills

We are excited to share that HEART/NSTA Trust recently opened the Autonomous Mobile and Aerial Robotics Lab at the HEART College of Innovation and Technology (HCIT) in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This significantly expands their commitment to meeting the growing demand for wide-ranging robotics skills to assist in Jamaica’s efforts to prepare better for its transition to a digital society.  The Managing Director of HEART, Dr. Taneisha Ingleton, confirmed that “The HCIT programme’s offerings will now include Autonomous Mobile Robotics, Aerial Robotics, and Additive Manufacturing with a focus on 3D printing.”

Earlier this year, the WorldSkills Jamaica Autonomous Mobile Robotics Invitational Training Camp was a testament to Jamaica’s commitment to excellence and innovation for skills development, particularly in robotics. As a Global Partner for WorldSkills and the exclusive supplier for the WorldSkills Autonomous Mobile Robotics Competition, Studica Robotics had the opportunity to collaborate with WorldSkills Jamaica for this week-long training that leverages mobile robotics to inspire innovation.

The Importance of Expanding Robotics Skills

Over time, the economy of Jamaica is expected to benefit significantly from adding these programs, particularly autonomous robotics, aerial robotics, and additive manufacturing. Dr. Ingleton emphasized that upskilling and reskilling the workforce so that they are competent with these advanced systems allows Jamaica to be prepared for opportunities and advancements in the business sector. She also expects this initiative will provide significant cost savings and a reduction in labour costs in the future. These initiatives directly respond to the automation and digitization trends in industries across Jamaica. The training encompasses various applications, from self-driving vacuums and cars to popular drones used at events, aiming to equip individuals with the necessary skills to manipulate these technologies effectively.


The expansion of robotics programs by the HEART/NSTA Trust and the government’s emphasis on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector underscore Jamaica’s commitment to preparing its workforce for the digital age. By offering specialized training in cutting-edge technologies like robotics and promoting the potential of ICT careers, the nation aims to position itself competitively in the global market while providing its citizens with lucrative employment opportunities. This strategic investment aligns with the evolving demands of industries and underscores the importance of technological proficiency in driving economic growth and innovation.

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