The Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology is no longer seen as a "second chance" institution but one which Government will be looking to this year, and beyond, to help drive the economy.
This is according to Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Senator Dr. Romel Springer.
His comments came at the launch of the SJPI's 50th anniversary celebrations at its Wildey, St. Michael campus.
Dr Springer noted that as the premier institute which provides technical and vocational training on the island, the SJPI would be expected to guide Government as it conducts its re-training and re-tooling exercise for retrenched public sector workers.
He added technology was driving the labour force, which made institutions like the SJPI even more important.