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  • Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says measures are being put in place to manage the outflow of skilled workers from the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) to overseas ports.
  • The Transport Minister informed that skill grades have been created to facilitate more opportunities for advancement in position and increase in salary.

Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, says measures are being put in place to manage the outflow of skilled workers from the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) to overseas ports.

He said that in addition to enhanced training, opportunities are being created for workers to attract increased salary packages.

Dr. Davies was speaking in the House of Representatives today (April 7), in response to questions posed by Member of Parliament for Central Clarendon, Mike Henry.

Mr. Henry queried whether the Government had plans in place to reduce the outflow of skilled workers, given its policy of creating a logistics hub in Jamaica.

The Transport Minister informed that skill grades have been created to facilitate more opportunities for advancement in position and increase in salary.

Dr. Davies also told the Lower House that the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has partnered with the University of Technology, University of the West Indies and the Caribbean Maritime Institute to ensure that there is a cadre of young professionals, who are provided with work study training “thereby creating a pool of personnel from which the terminal may recruit.”

“The PAJ has been working with the institutions to develop maritime-related skills, thus creating a bigger pool of workers with these specialised skills. Workers with the requisite specialised technical skills are paid a premium above entry level,” Dr. Davies said.

He further told the House of Representatives that new employees are also bonded for a minimum period of two years to recover the cost of training.