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  • The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is collaborating with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in conducting a two-part series of Entrepreneur Skills Training workshops, aimed at formalising the informal economy.
  • It is also aimed at stimulating growth in the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector in Jamaica.
  • The second set of workshops under this pilot project gets underway on January 26, in Montego Bay and runs until January 28, at the Wexford Hotel.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is collaborating with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in conducting a two-part series of Entrepreneur Skills Training workshops, aimed at formalising the informal economy.

It is also aimed at stimulating growth in the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) sector in Jamaica.

The second set of workshops under this pilot project gets underway on January 26, in Montego Bay and runs until January 28, at the Wexford Hotel.

In attendance will be MSME operators and prospective entrepreneurs from the rural community of Garlands, St James, and its environs.

The first of the three-day workshops, which was held in November 2014, saw some 20 MSME entrepreneurs from Granville and surrounding communities participating.

Regional Director in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security offices in Montego Bay, Angella Morris, told JIS News that the collaboration sees the ILO undertaking the training and the Labour and Social Security Ministry selecting participants and facilitating the workshops.

“The workshop aims at engaging the micro, small and medium enterprises in the community of small businesses and potential entrepreneurs, by establishing foundations to successfully promote, facilitate and support job creation and at the same time enhance quality jobs, which will reduce informality,” she said.

She pointed out that plans are for the project, which falls in line with the government’s Human Capital Development policy, to be replicated in other urban and rural communities across the island.
Specialist in Sustainable Enterprise Development and Job Creation at the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, Kelvin Sergeant, told JIS News that the first three-day workshop was essentially geared towards teaching participants about how to transition their business ideas to business plans, and how to start-up their own MSME.

“What we are doing is teaching people all about business. We are teaching them, for example, how to do a marketing plan… how to do financials, but more than that, we are teaching them about legal aspects of  business, all the regulatory (and) insurance aspects of  business,  not only internationally, but what is relevant for Jamaica as well,” Mr. Sergeant said.

Trainers from the National Insurance Board and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will coach participants to understand employer and employee responsibilities, rights and benefits from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), responsibilities of employers as they relate to employment, hours of work, sick leave, formulating employment contacts and severance packages.

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