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Around the World: Jamaican Minister seeks to educate youth about the workplace.

      According to the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson in Jamaica, the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) have been positively making an impact in the lives of young people who are seeking employment. It provides multiple resources to young people who are searching for employment by matching them with potential employers, as well as providing career counselling, resume writing, and access to information on scholarships and loans.

      “In recent times, we have been working with persons in the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) by providing job-readiness training and employment placement. I have had the chance to see them as they visit our office, and I am proud to share that the programmes offered by the ELE have created a sense of hope for them and their families,” Robinson said.

      Robinson also informed that officials from St.Kitts and Nevis, Barbados, and Grenada conducted a study of the program to see whether it can be used as a model to combat the issue of youth unemployment in other countries. The study was funded by the Organization of American States (OAS). Robinson is conducting a series of roadshows for individuals who are looking to improve their career. She stresses the importance of maintaining and gaining job skills throughout one’s lifetime.

      “Gone are the days that workers complete training which lasts a lifetime. With the rapid changes in the way we manage businesses and perform work, the skills learnt up to age 18 will become outdated by mid-career. To that end, the roadshows will be a vehicle for directing people to improving their skills,” Robinson said.

      The roadshow, which includes collaboration with  Jamaica Employers’ Federation and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions will travel across the island, will be held until February to help spread awareness of the ever changing dynamic of the working environment.

      Source: Good News Jamaica

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