Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the decision to create a Skills and Digital Transformation portfolio, supported by a Cabinet Minister, came out of a recommendation from the Education Transformation Commission.

Mr. Holness made the disclosure on Thursday at Kings House, during the swearing in ceremony for Senator Dana Morris Dixon as the Minister in charge of that portfolio.

The Prime Minister says there are 700,000 Jamaicans outside the labour force.

He says the government will be working, through the HEART/NSTA Trust, to ensure that many of those people can outfit themselves with skills to contribute to the country’s push to become a digital society.

Mr. Holness says the almost rampant advancement in technology means that even those who are part of the labour force can benefit from opportunities to learn new skills.

Andrew Holness, Prime Minister.