It’s time for Jamaica to train more people than the country needs, to meet the demands of foreign recruiters.

That’s the recommendation from President of Jamaica Trade & Invest, JAMPRO, Diane Edwards and CEO of the Economic Growth Council, EGC, Senator Aubyn Hill.

However, Senior Lecturer in Science & STEM Education at UWI’s School of Education, Dr. Aldrin Sweeney, is warning that this approach could exacerbate the deficit of trained workers in Jamaica.


Senator Hill says Jamaica’s labour market is so small that the only way to remain competitive is to export trained workers.

Ms. Edwards says those who are being exported should have the skills and competence to make them viable on the international market.

She says one way to do that is to provide employees with additional skills before exporting them.

Senator Hill says this will create a multiplier effect that would eventually improve Jamaica’s economy.

Dr. Sweeney says the country’s own shortages should be addressed before moving to address deficits in other countries.