Photo By: Jermaine Barnaby via Jamaica Gleaner

Chairman and CEO of National Baking Company, Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson, says the country has little choice but to import skilled labour to address the shortage across key industries and sectors.

He made the comment on Tuesday evening at the opening ceremony of the MICO University’s STEM Century International Conference at the AC Marriott Hotel in New Kingston.

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Speaking on Nationwide@5 with Cliff Hughes and Sayeed Bernard, Butch Hendrickson reasoned that there’s nothing wrong with importing skilled labour at the same time that local workers are being trained to reach adequate competency levels.

Mr. Hendrickson says his businesses are feeling the impact of the labour crisis affecting the country.

He believes the situation will only get worse.

The STEM vision for Jamaica revolves around creating a workforce that is competent, skilled and equipped with the necessary knowledge to meet the ever-changing demands of the global economy.

Mr. Hendrickson is adamant that more investment is needed in education.