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  • The Ministry is exploring the labour market in Canada and other North American countries for training opportunities.
  • The aim is to ensure that Jamaicans can competitively access jobs not just locally, but also overseas.
  • The Minister said Canada is in need of persons in various fields, such as accounting, engineering, truck driving, welding, among others.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Ministry is exploring the labour market in Canada and other North American countries, in order to inform the local market on the areas to target in the various training programmes.

He said the aim is to ensure that Jamaicans can competitively access jobs not just locally, but also overseas.

The Minister was speaking on February 27, at the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) Quality Symposium, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.

He was responding to questions regarding connections with overseas markets, in order to ensure that Jamaicans are equipped to take up jobs abroad, as other countries such as India, are doing.

He said that while there is no specific policy on these type of linkages, “I have been in discussions with the authorities over there (Canada), as to how we can get our people to the standards that they require, so that when we complete training here, they can seamlessly enter into that market. So far, the opportunities are being taken up at different levels.”

The Minister said Canada is in need of persons in various fields, such as accounting, engineering, truck driving, welding, among others.

He noted that standards are critical, and that Jamaica must ensure that its training standards and certification levels are world class.

Senior Acting Director of the NCTVET, Jennifer Walker, said the forum provides the opportunity to air some of the issues relating to education and training that are critical to driving sustainable development.

She said it also provides a medium to “reflect on the perspectives of the various sector leaders and stakeholders on the issues related to the quality of TVET for national development”.

Miss Walker noted also that the symposium encourages discussion on TVET’s significance in stimulating economic recovery.

The annual symposium is being held under the theme: ‘TVET for National Development’.

The NCTVET is responsible for developing competency standards, assessment and qualification guidelines, accrediting training organisations, issuing national Vocational Qualifications of Jamaica (NVQ-J) to persons, and certifying assessors.