Jamaica will Need to Import Labour to Meet Pace of Growth – Reid

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Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, says Jamaica will need to import labour in order to grow.

He says the country’s labour force is too small to meet the growing demand.

However, he says the country will need to train as many Jamaicans as possible before seeking labour elsewhere.

The Minister was responding to remarks from Bank of Jamaica Governor, Brian Wynter, that employment is beginning to outpace the growth of the labour force.

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Minister Reid says the government has been training people for jobs in the tourism and Business Process Outsourcing, BPO, sectors.

However, he says there are shortages in skilled engineers.

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Meanwhile, Interim Managing Director of the Heart Trust NTA, Janet Dyer, says they’re looking at starting BPO training in sixth forms; so that graduates can be equipped for the workforce.

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One thought on “Jamaica will Need to Import Labour to Meet Pace of Growth – Reid

  1. bigshotdadz

    And also in today’s news, a flaming ball of hydrogen gas rose in the east, bathing at least half the planet with light.

    Jamaica has been “importing” labor for decades, so what’s new?
    The Chinese and Latin Americans have been coming here to work all along.
    What I find fascinating is the fact that some of them aren’t particularly skilled at the jobs they perform (particularly in the construction sector), but at least some training or exposure is far better than none at all.

    I will also point out that those who are indeed skilled, are very good at what they do, and consistently produce almost flawless examples of their workmanship, whereas a Jamaican day labourer with experience in the same field will typically to do either a sub-par, or a piece meal job, often with very little attention to detail or end-product quality.

    What qualifies me to make such utterances you ask?
    I’ve been involved in more than eight (8) FDI-funded construction projects from site preparation, until the day the owners take possession.

    Recurring problems?
    We Jamaicans can’t render a flat exterior wall of appreciable dimensions without it looking wavy under incident light, while Latin Americans tend to create in-building waterfalls where the plans didn’t call for any.

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