Jobseekers Encouraged to Make Use of Labour Market Portal

Mr. Ford noted that when the LMIS was first implemented in 2002, through funding from the United States Department of Labour, its main task was to provide employment opportunities for low-skilled workers. Story Highlights He said that the core function of the LMIS is to connect jobseekers with potential employers. Jobseekers are being encouraged to make use of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market and Information System (LMIS) portal in order to access employment opportunities. The advice came from Director of the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE), Lyndon Ford, at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 27).He said that the core function of the LMIS is to connect jobseekers with potential employers.Mr. Ford noted that when the LMIS was first implemented in 2002, through funding from the United States Department of Labour, its main task was to provide employment opportunities for low-skilled workers.However, over the years, the portal was enhanced through several capacity-building efforts, and the LMIS’s mandate has been widened to include all job opportunity levels.“We are now looking for persons with various positions and qualifications… from domestic worker to PhD professional, to drivers – all skill-sets,” he said. To register with the LMIS, persons may visit lmis.gov.jm or download the app, which is available on Android devices through the Google Play store.Mr. Ford noted that partnerships have been forged with the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) to facilitate persons, who do not have access to computers and may want to utilise the employment portal.Individuals can also visit the Ministry, where public computers are available and officers are on hand to assist with registration.The Ministry also accommodates manual registration, and jobseekers are advised to take along their résumés, Tax Registration Number (TRN), National Insurance Scheme (NIS) number and recommendations.In addition to connecting jobseekers with employers, persons can also access job readiness workshops and career guidance services free of charge from the Ministry.The objectives of the LMIS are to disseminate labour market intelligence; provide easier access to employment opportunities; provide a wide range of information on past, current and prospective economic conditions and job availability; and facilitate equity in the labour market by providing support and assistance to the unemployed and special groups such as the disabled, aged and youth. Jobseekers are being encouraged to make use of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Labour Market and Information System (LMIS) portal in order to access employment opportunities. The advice came from Director of the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE), Lyndon Ford, at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday (June 27). read more

Samuda Pledges Full Support For Children Affected By Fire

Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, has pledged the Government’s support in rebuilding the Jamaica National Children’s Home, located in Papine, St. Andrew. The complex was destroyed by fire on Friday, August 9. “You have the full support of the officials and the Ministry that I am responsible for, and we will continue to give you the help you need,” the Minister told the children on Saturday (August 10) during a visit with the youngsters who have been temporarily relocated to another childcare facility. Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, has pledged the Government’s support in rebuilding the Jamaica National Children’s Home, located in Papine, St. Andrew.The complex was destroyed by fire on Friday, August 9.“You have the full support of the officials and the Ministry that I am responsible for, and we will continue to give you the help you need,” the Minister told the children on Saturday (August 10) during a visit with the youngsters who have been temporarily relocated to another childcare facility.Speaking with JIS News, Mr. Samuda said the children “seemed to be in good spirits” and have a positive outlook, despite the trying circumstances.“I think they are encouraged by the instant response of the Ministry and the effort to facilitate them and provide for their welfare, and for adequate meals and to make (all the necessary) arrangements,” he said.Mr. Samuda said he is comforted in the knowledge that they are getting the best care they can under the circumstances.“I am very heartened when we look at the children and the way they respond…I have great faith in this establishment and others like it throughout the country,” he added.A release from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) said that the agency is in dialogue with the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) which is conducting an assessment as to the cause of the fire. A report is to be produced shortly.Additionally, a team of counsellors has been assigned to provide psychosocial support for children who are between 8 and 17 years of age and caregivers over the coming weeks.Also, a full assessment and inventory of needs is being prepared for both children and staff. Immediate needs are clothing, shoes, personal care items, and toiletries.Donations can be made at 9 Christopher Road, Stony Hill, St. Andrew, daily between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.Located at Hope Gardens, Kingston 7, the Jamaica National Children’s Home was founded in 1972 by the National Children’s Home, U.K., to provide a home to orphans and abandoned children, as well as children with severe mental or physical disabilities whose parents are unable to provide proper care. read more

Civil Service Association to Establish Resource Centre in Kingston

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, says that the organisation will be establishing a resource centre in Kingston. Story Highlights He noted that the facility, which will be situated in the Tarrant community, will cater to residents of the area as well as children of JCSA members. President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, says that the organisation will be establishing a resource centre in Kingston.He noted that the facility, which will be situated in the Tarrant community, will cater to residents of the area as well as children of JCSA members.Mr. Grant made the disclosure at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on September 9 at the agency’s regional office in Montego Bay, St. James.He said that an agreement has been reached with the National Works Agency (NWA) for the acquisition of a building owned by the agency to house the research centre.“It is one of their old training sites, and we are now going through the process of the design and [pinpointing] whatever improvements are needed, and, hopefully, we can at least start the project in this our 100th year,” he noted.Mr. Grant told JIS News that the resource centre will offer numeracy and literacy programmes for children and adults, and facilitate homework and Internet-based research.He noted that the decision to include adults came out of the JCSA’s bimonthly reading programme for children in the Tarrant community, where it was recoginsed that some parents who participated needed support.“We recognised that there was a deficiency in their ability to read and to do mathematics, and what we decided to do was have an adult numeracy and literacy programme at our resource centre,” Mr. Grant said.“We are going to be talking to the HEART Trust/NTA to tie our programme to their programme, so that when the parents graduate, they can be registered in the HEART Trust programme and become more attractive in terms of employment,” Mr. Grant said. Mr. Grant made the disclosure at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on September 9 at the agency’s regional office in Montego Bay, St. James. read more