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Project to Tackle Child Labour at the Community Level

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is working collaboratively with the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) to tackle child labour at the community level. “We will be having a community-level intervention to encourage behaviour change, based on the data revealed in the recent Youth Activity Survey,” said portfolio Minister,…

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Gov’t Seeking Partnerships to Address Soft Skills Gap

The Government is seeking public-private partnership to close the soft skills gap that exists among the nation’s youth. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the 2017 National Labour Market survey found that the skills gap was predominant among students leaving high school with no work experience.…

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Comments Invited on Green Paper for Revised Policy for Senior Citizens

The public is being invited to provide feedback and comments on the Green Paper for the revised National Policy for Senior Citizens, which is on the websites of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, issued the invitation during…

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Young Jobseekers Benefiting from Electronic Labour Exchange

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) is positively impacting the lives of young jobseekers. The ELE matches employers and jobseekers, and provides career counselling, résumé writing, and access to information on scholarships and loans. “In recent times, we have been working…

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Labour Ministry Deals With Overseas Pensioners

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the reason overseas-based pensioners experienced difficulties in receiving pension payments was due to a newly implemented payment process. She said the Ministry will ensure the situation does not recur. “I am happy to report that entitlements for the United States…

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Labour Ministry to Undertake Roadshows

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be embarking on a series of two-day roadshows to raise public awareness about the services of the Labour Department. These roadshows, which will be held in five parishes, will begin at the Cecil Charlton Park in Mandeville, Manchester, on September 19 and…

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Labour Ministry Looking to Expand School Days Count Campaign

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to expand its ‘School Days Count’ campaign to reach more institutions where there are high rates of non-compliance with the 85 per cent attendance requirement under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). The initiative was launched in February…

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Back-to-School Grant for PATH Students

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has introduced a Back-to-School grant of $3,500 per student who is on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). This is being done as part of efforts to improve the social safety net programmes and to increase the level of support…

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NIF Continues to Maximise Returns – Minister

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) continues its primary focus to maximise returns, within acceptable risk limits, while maintaining a level of liquidity to facilitate the timely payments of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) benefits. Speaking at a quarterly press briefing held…

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Reduction in Work Permits Granted to Foreigners

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is reporting a reduction in work permits granted to foreigners. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, said that 1,334 permits were granted for the period April to June, 2018 and of that number, 831 were new applications and 503 were renewals. “For the corresponding…

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7,194 Persons Placed in Overseas Employment Programme from April to June

Approximately 7,194 Jamaicans were placed in the Overseas Employment Programme for the period April to June 2018, an increase of 5.6 per cent over the corresponding period last year. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, made the disclosure at a quarterly press briefing, held at the Ministry’s…

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Government Seeking to Transform Jamaica into A Multilingual Country

The Government is seeking to transform Jamaica into a multilingual country through the recently concluded four-day intensive training programme for Spanish language practitioners. Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the programme is indicative of the Government taking meaningful action to advance the country’s…

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Gov’t Looking to Strengthen Jamaica-USA Seasonal Work Programme

The Government is looking to further strengthen arrangements under the Seasonal Work Programme between Jamaica and the United States (US). This was disclosed by Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, following a meeting with top-level officials in the US Departments of Labor, State, and Homeland Security in Washington,…

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Eighty More Jamaicans Off To Canada under SAWP

Another 80 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). The workers, who comprise 80 per cent returnees, will be deployed mainly to Ontario and Nova Scotia. In her address to the workers at a send-off ceremony held at the Ministry of…

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Implementation of Disabilities Act Remains A High Government Priority

Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, says the implementation of the Disabilities Act remains a high priority for the Government. The Disabilities Act makes provisions to safeguard and enhance the welfare of persons with disabilities across Jamaica. “This legislation protects and promotes…

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House of Representatives Approves Minimum Wage Increases

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday (July 24), approved two motions that will increase the national minimum wage, and the minimum wage for industrial security guards. The motions, which fall under the Minimum Wage Act and were piloted by Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, are the National…

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Gov’t Improving Access to Employment for Persons with Disabilities

State Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, says that the Government is working to ensure that persons with disabilities (PWDs) have greater access to skills training and employment opportunities. He said that alliances are being forged with employers for the inclusion of more PWDs…

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Ministry Seeking to Register More NIS Contributors

The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is looking to increase the number of persons registered by 15 per cent for this fiscal year. This would see an additional 57,384 persons registered with the Scheme. This information is included in the 2018/2019 projections in the Annual Performance Report recently published by the…

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Labour Ministry Preparing 60 Youngsters from Denham Town for Job Market

Sixty youth from the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) in Denham Town, Kingston, are benefiting from training geared towards preparing them for the job market. The intervention, being carried out by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, got under way on Wednesday (July 4) with a registration, orientation and…

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Apply for Skills Certificate at Labour Ministry Only

Jamaicans seeking skills certificates to work in another Caribbean territory are advised to submit applications to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Director of the Work Permit Department, Lisa-Ann Grant, said that legitimate, bonafide skills certificates can only be issued by a…

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