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Jamaicans are being trained to fill practical nursing vacancies in Canada.
The provision is being made under the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Programme, which involves collaboration with the Government of Jamaica, the Centre For Nursing Studies (CNS) in Canada and Marmicmon Integrated Marketing and Communications.
Training sites are: the Nuttall Hospital in Kingston; the Brown’s Town Community College in St. Ann; and the Spaldings campus of the Knox Community College in Clarendon.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, speaking at the official launch on Thursday (Sept. 24) at the Runaway Bay HEART Hotel in St. Ann, stated that the programme “is satisfying because it is providing jobs where we could not provide jobs here.”
He assured that every effort will be made to secure jobs for all successful participants. “Canadians are retiring at age 60 and they cannot find enough people to take their jobs …we are ready and willing,” he said.
Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, in his remarks, urged the participants to do their best. He encouraged them to “represent the best of Jamaica” to ensure the continuation of the training programme so that others can benefit.
He noted that “the Government of Jamaica has made its facilities available through the community colleges for use to deliver this course and we will, in the future… make other resources available as we can.”
The 15-month programme is based on the CNS curriculum and the first batch of students is already being trained.
To qualify for the programme, students must have four Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) passes including a science subject.
Once participants have successfully completed the training course, they will be interviewed by recruiters from Marmicmon for placement in institutions in Canada.

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