Labour Market Information System Being Revamped

Story Highlights The Labour Market Information System (LMIS) is being revamped to make it more user-friendly, efficient and secure. The website, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, enables employers to post job openings, and persons seeking employment to upload résumés. The Labour Market Information System (LMIS) is being revamped to make it more user-friendly, efficient and secure.The website, which falls under the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, enables employers to post job openings, and persons seeking employment to upload résumés.Job matching and placements are executed through the LMIS’s Electronic Exchange (ELEX).Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Colette Roberts Risden, says the enhanced website will be more contemporary with a number of significant featuresThese, she said, include an improved user interface, heightened security mechanisms to safeguard data, and facilitation of more robust reports that provide detailed labour market analyses.Mrs. Roberts Risden said this undertaking is being facilitated through partnerships the Ministry has forged with several stakeholders.She was speaking at the recent closing ceremony for the New Employment Opportunities (NEO) Jamaica Project, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew.Mrs. Roberts Risden said the upgraded LMIS and ELEX will be complemented by a mobile app that has been developed, all of which are slated to be unveiled shortly.The app’s development was made possible through stakeholder collaborations forged under the NEO.The US$9.3-million project was administered by the MultiCare Youth Foundation under the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) initiative, in tandem with several key stakeholders.These included the Ministries of Labour and Social Security, and Science, Energy and Technology.It aimed to provide at-risk youth, 17 to 29 years, with the requisite skills, through training, to fill in-demand occupations.The initiative was jointly financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and local stakeholders.A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Labour and Social Security Ministry and YUTE in 2017 to establish a partnership geared towards increasing job entry among the targeted youth.Mrs. Roberts Risden said the Labour Ministry anticipates robust and wider usage of the revamped LMIS and ELEX, and mobile app, resulting in the accrual of significant benefits.“We will be in a much better position because we will have the information on the labour market [in terms of] what are the jobs that people are looking for, and what are the skill sets that are out there for persons who are unemployed or underemployed. If we have that information, then it will also enable us to make more informed decisions regarding matters such as the granting of work permits, among other things,” she added. Job matching and placements are executed through the LMIS’s Electronic Exchange (ELEX). read more

PEP Results Are Available

The results for the first cohort of grade-six students who sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination are now available for principals, teachers and parents to access. The results were released by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on Friday (June 21). The results for the first cohort of grade-six students who sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination are now available for principals, teachers and parents to access.The results were released by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on Friday (June 21).PEP has replaced GSAT as the national secondary school entrance test. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.The grade-six students were tested in three stages with a Performance Task Test on March 27 and 28, an Ability Test on February 26 and a Curriculum Based Test on April 16 and 17.During a press conference at the offices of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information today, Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, said based on the students’ performance, it is evident that the education system at the primary level is moving in the right direction.“The results from students’ performance in the various subject areas show that less than 10 per cent of all students are at the Beginning Level. This means that less than 10 per cent of the students who sat the examination demonstrated limited or no evidence of the required competencies and skills for readiness in grade seven in all subject areas,” Mr. Samuda said.Some 42,846 students were registered to sit the exam, of which 22,298 were males and 20,538 females.Mr. Samuda said that based on an analysis of the students’ performance per subject, 40 per cent of students who sat Mathematics demonstrated proficiency or advanced proficiency in the concepts, procedures and application of skills required by the National Standards Curriculum; 55 per cent of students for Language Arts; 49 per cent of students for Science, and 63 per cent in Social Studies.Parents of grade-six students will be given a new Student Summary Report with a standardised scaled description of their children’s performance in all subject areas of the examination. PEP has replaced GSAT as the national secondary school entrance test. It is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education. Story Highlights read more

Significant Reduction in Murders in St Andrew South Division – Dr Chang

National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says there has been a significant reduction in murders in the South Andrew Police Division since the imposition of the State of Public Emergency (SOE).The SOE was declared by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on July 7 to curtail the high level of crime plaguing communities in the Division, particularly murders which soared to 94 at the time.Dr, Chang, who toured the area on Friday (July 26), noted that while 21 persons were killed one month prior to the SOE, its introduction has brought a level of stability across the Division.“For the last three weeks, we have had a significant fall-off; it means that some 20 persons’ lives have been saved. That is the mission of a State of Emergency,” he said while speaking during a press conference at the Majesty Gardens Infant School.Dr, Chang said he visited to view key social intervention sites and engage with community stakeholders on issues related to targeted youth violence prevention, the creation of safe community spaces, and opportunities for community development.He said work will continue with increased provision of social services, and engagement with the broader community to upgrade facilities in the area.“We are in the community, we intend to do case management, family management, and community management, and when we are done, we have a community that you feel safer in,” the Minister added.Dr. Chang said while it is the Government’s job to ensure “safety for all Jamaicans”, residents must play their part in this effort.“The SOE will go, but we will leave a stronger [community where] you feel better, and take pride in yourself,” he said.Dr. Chang was accompanied on the tour by representatives of social intervention promgrammes in the Ministry, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for South West St. Andrew, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, who was also on the tour, told JIS News that residents of the communities appreciate the presence of the security forces, adding that “they are pleased to be able to come out on the roads, and walk without fear”.This, she pointed out, has been greatly enhanced by the installation of several street lights and repairs in the area, while further noting that they are cooperating and anticipating further infrastructure upgrades. Story Highlights Dr, Chang, who toured the area on Friday (July 26), noted that while 21 persons were killed one month prior to the SOE, its introduction has brought a level of stability across the Division. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says there has been a significant reduction in murders in the South Andrew Police Division since the imposition of the State of Public Emergency (SOE). The SOE was declared by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on July 7 to curtail the high level of crime plaguing communities in the Division, particularly murders which soared to 94 at the time. read more