CAP Course

About the CAP Programme

An exciting and rewarding career awaits all youth when they participate in the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), a youth career development initiative developed by the Ministry of Education and its agency HEART Trust NTA.

Providing career opportunities for youth is very important as the structure of the global marketplace is changing, and young people with limited career education will have relatively fewer employment opportunities than their educated counterparts.

The Career Advancement Programme (CAP) is the Ministry of Education’s commitment to improving access to quality education in Jamaica for all students.

Make this yours- Who is it for?

The IIRQ Career Advancement Programme (CAP) will provide youth (ages 16-19) with a two (2) year Government Sponsored (free) education and training that helps them to get a career for life, earn their career certification and find and keep a good job. The IIRQ programme features an apprenticeship, hands on training approach for students.

Programme offering Menu

Under the Career Advancement Programme Candidates  are presented with the opportunity to enroll in any one of the following City and Guilds of London courses :

Please check with our centre in your region to find out which courses from the above list is offered there.

CAP students are required to select their vocational programme of study, in addition they must take the following mandatory subjects.

  • Mathematics (Stages 1/2/3)
  • English (Stages 1/2/3)
  • Personal Development
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Career Development
  • Civics

Entry Requirements

Interested Candidates may obtain a CAP Registration form from the Kingston or Montego Bay office or by email. The form can also be downloaded from our website.

Application form will not be accepted without the following documents:

1.  Submit two (2)  certified (stamped and signed) passport size photographs, by any of the following persons; JP, Minister of Religion, Lawyer, Principal, Doctor or Superintendent of Police,.

2.  Copy of Birth Certificate (the white hand written version are not accepted) 

3.  Copy of CSEC or CAPE results ( if applicable).

4.  Copy of TRN

5.  Two (2) written recommendation letters from any of the following persons; JP, Minister of Religion, Lawyer, Principal, Doctor or Superintendent of Police, past or present employer.

6.  Last school report.

What to expect


All CAP applicants are required to complete and submit a CAP Application Form along with all supporting documents.


Applicants who have successfully submitted a completed Application Form with their supporting documents will be scheduled to sit  a Diagnostic Testing otherwise known as our ‘DT’ which is comprised of a Math’s and English entry examination to determine their level of literacy and numeracy skills. This test  will also determined the level of Math’s and English the candidate is place in, if accepted to be apart of the programme.


Upon the student completing the DT they should be informed that they will receive a callback to attend an interview.


Candidates will be informed after the interview whether or not they will be accepted to be apart of the programme .


Successful candidates are expected to comply with all academic rules and regulations including wearing the correct uniform, and maintaining a 100% attendance record.