Jamaica News: The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will continue the ‘Labour Department and You’ islandwide road shows from February 27 to 28, in Morant Bay, St. Thomas.
These shows are aimed at increasing the visibility and awareness of the programmes and services of the Labour Division.
The series commenced in Mandeville, Manchester, on September 19 and 20, 2018, then moved on to St. Ann on October 30 and 31; Kingston and St. Andrew, November 21 and 22; and St. James, January 16 and 17, 2019.
Addressing the Ministry’s quarterly press briefing at its offices in Kingston recently, Mrs. Robinson said the road shows are among initiatives seeking to ensure that jobseekers and employers will have the services of the Ministry at their fingertips.
As a component of the road shows, more than 200 young jobseekers have, so far, received job-readiness training through the Labour Market Information System (LMIS), and were interviewed on spot by over 30 companies throughout the period.
The Minister said that based on overwhelming feedback from the road shows, the Ministry, in collaboration with its tripartite stakeholders, Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions and the Jamaica Employers Federation, will be running a series of seminars aimed specifically at educating employers on labour laws.
Mrs. Robinson noted that the Labour Market intervention programmes being undertaken by the Ministry continue to provide employment opportunities for youth, with approximately 1,171 persons receiving job-readiness training, employment, work experience and grants for entrepreneurial ventures.
“Worthy of note is that 50 per cent of the 381 persons placed in work-experience jobs were permanently retained by the employers after the initial six months of employment,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Minister said that plans are far advanced for the establishment of another division of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) in Montego Bay, St. James.
“By the end of this financial year, employers, aggrieved workers and their representatives in western Jamaica will have easier access to labour arbitration services,” she noted.
“It has taken some time because we had tremendous difficulty to find suitable and affordable accommodation in the Second City. We have ensured that this new facility will be accessible to persons with disabilities,” the Minister added.
Source: JIS News