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  • The maximum recruitment age limit for persons for the Overseas Farm Workers Programme has been adjusted from 40 to 45 years.
  • Minister Kellier said the adjustment is as a result of the recognition that there are many very able bodied persons over the previous cut off age of 40.
  • Minister Kellier said the adjustment is not breaking or bending any rules, and will give more people an opportunity to participate in the programme in order to better their standard of life.

The maximum recruitment age limit for persons for the Overseas Farm Workers Programme has been adjusted from 40 to 45 years.

Making the announcement on Friday, July 25, Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier said the adjustment is as a result of the recognition that there are many very able bodied persons over the previous cut off age of 40.

“There are able bodied people who are over 40 that work harder than some people in their 20’s,” he stated while addressing a recruitment exercise for workers for the Canadian and United States Farm Workers Programmes, at the Montego Bay Community College in St. James.

Minister Kellier said the adjustment is not breaking or bending any rules, and will give more people an opportunity to participate in the programme in order to better their standard of life. The minimum age limit of 21 years will remain.

Meanwhile, he told the throng of potential recruits that the team of liaison officers working with the Overseas Farm Workers Programme has been doing a very good job under sometimes adverse weather conditions.

“I have been out there in the field to see them. They have to go out in the cold…in the snow…in some very serious conditions to look work for our people.  When you get to Canada and the United States you will be under their control and they will inform and educated you on the do’s and don’ts of the programme. Your liaison officer is your first call…anything you need to know, they are there to advise you,” he said.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is recruiting 3, 500 workers for the Canadian and United States Farm Work Programme with the majority of them scheduled for placement at the start of 2015.

Regional recruitment sessions have been staged in Kingston, Manchester, and St. James with over 4, 000 people attending.