Our Programmes

Persons with Disabilities are among some of the most socially and economically disadvantaged in the Jamaican society and the Foundation seeks to enable them to develop their full potential.

The Training Program

The two-year training programme in collaboration with Heart Trust/ Community Training Intervention CTI is offered in the following courses:

Data Operations

Unit Competencies and full NVQ-J certification

Housekeeping

Unit Competencies and level 1 Certification

Furniture Making

Unit Competencies

Short Customized Training Courses

In September 2017 Cosmetology – Nails Technology, Makeup Artistry and Customer Service Level 2 were launched for our clients. These courses are certified by Heart Trust/NTA and we envision our clients achieving their full qualification path in their respective these skill areas

Cosmetology Beauty Services - Nails Technology and Makeup Artistry

HEART Trust NTA certification

Certified Training Courses

These courses are not certified by Heart Trust; however, all trainees receive a certificate from Abilities Foundation which outlines the competencies achieved over the two years of training.

Design and Decor

Certificate of Competence

Ornamental Horticulture and Landscaping

Certificate of Competence

Programmes Detail

Programme Details

Data Operations Training Course

Unit Competencies and full NVQ-J certification
This course teaches keyboarding skills, Microsoft application and safety and information technology. Trainees will attain knowledge and skills in basic software and hardware applications and data entry.

Relevant Occupations Include:
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Call Centre Representative
  • Filing and Receptionist Clerk

Housekeeping Training Course

Unit Competencies and full NVQ-J certification
Trainees will be trained in basic housekeeping/room attendant roles that requires high behaviour competence. Skills that will be taught include, cleaning public restrooms and guest areas, cleaning floors, vacuuming carpets, cleaning windows and doors and preparing beds.

Relevant Occupations Include:
  • Villa Attendant
  • Room Attendant
  • Office Attendant
  • Cleaner

Furniture Making Training Course

Unit Competencies and full NVQ-J certification
This course will facilitate learning in the furniture (wood) making industry, skills that will be taught are as follows: operate sawing, planning and sanding machines, hand polishing, preparing products and components for final operations working with conventional spraying of sealers and lacquers.

Relevant Occupations Include:
  • Furniture operations assistant
  • Machine operator
  • Assembly operator

Cosmetology Beauty Services – Nails Technology and Makeup Artistry Training Course

HEART Trust NTA certification
Trainees will learn how to, deliver service to customers, identify and respond to customers special requirements, decorate the nails of clients using a variety of techniques and adornments; give professional manicures and pedicures. In Makeup artistry trainees will learn how about retailing makeup and beauty products, makeup application for special occasions.

Relevant Occupations Include:
  • Freelance Makeup Artist
  • Nails Technologist
  • Beauty Retailer
  • Salon Receptionist

Design and Decor Certificate Course

Certificate of Competence
Trainees will receive instruction in garment construction, basic interior design essentials, construction of cushions, curtains and drapes.

Relevant Occupations Include:
  • Seamstress/Dress maker
  • Tailor
  • Machinist

Ornamental Horticulture and Landscaping Certificate Course

Certificate of Competence
Trainees will be trained in basic lawn care, improving garden layouts, care of plants, trees and pest control.

Relevant Occupations Include:
  • Landscaper
  • Groundsman
  • Nursery Assistant
  • Greenhouse Employee