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Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, has assured members of the Practical Nurses Association of Jamaica that the Government is exploring making financing available to them to pursue the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) programme.
The programme is currently being offered at Knox Community College, Brown’s Town Community College and the Nuttall Hospital, in collaboration with the Ministry in partnership with Marmicmon Marketing Communications in Canada.
To date 197 nurses have been trained, and 183 of them were offered employment in Canada.
The practical nurses had accused the Ministry of sidestepping them in the recruitment exercise for jobs in Canada. However, Mr. Charles denied the allegation of bias, at an emergency meeting with their representatives on Friday (October 23) at his Ministry.
He explained that the Ministry had initially sought to recruit members of the association, but they did not meet the requirements of the Canadian employers. The Minister has since made arrangements for the LPN programme be taught in Jamaican institutions, using the Canadian curriculum, in order to certify Jamaicans to maximise the employment opportunities available in Canada.
The Minister used the occasion to encourage the practical nurses to become involved in the training programme to meet the requirements for employment in Canada. The Ministry will meet with a three-man delegation from the Practical Nurses Association in another three weeks, to advise them on the developments regarding the financing proposal.

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