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.
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.
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.