CSJP Trainees Off to Guantanamo Bay

Story Highlights Senior Employer Service Representative in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Dave Lumley, said the programme offers employment opportunities for Jamaicans in Cuba in various skill areas. “It is a direct employment programme from companies in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Skills include construction, plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, air conditioning and refrigeration,” he said. Eight Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) trainees attached to Operation Friendship are to be employed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security overseas employment initiative.Senior Employer Service Representative in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Dave Lumley, said the programme offers employment opportunities for Jamaicans in Cuba in various skill areas.“It is a direct employment programme from companies in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Skills include construction, plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, air conditioning and refrigeration,” he said.Mr. Lumley was speaking at a send-off ceremony for the trainees on Monday (June 17), at the offices of the CSJP, Oxford Road in Kingston.The employment initiative is made possible through a partnership between Operation Friendship and the CSJP.The trainees will be employed under a six-month contract, with the expectation that they will gain valuable work experience.They will be paid a salary based on their skill area. Additionally, they will also receive a lunch stipend. Air fare and accommodation are being provided by the Cuban organisations at no cost to the trainees.Mr. Lumley urged the young men, aged 22 to 29, to make use of the opportunity they have been given to improve themselves.Twenty-two-year-old trainee, Rajhni Reid, expressed optimism for his future, stating that his participation in the programme has been a life-changing experience.“I have been on the CSJP programme for about three years now, and it has been very good for me. Before the CSJP programme, I was in the street. I used to do a little tiling but nothing much, but I was not certified,” he said.Mr. Reid, who is from the community of New Road in Clarendon, said that since enrolling in the CSJP programme, he has had more time to focus on his work. “I want to go out there and do better for myself and become an entrepreneur,” he said.Another trainee, Patrick Turner of Hannah Town in Kingston, who was previously working as a security guard, said he turned to skilled work as a way of charting his path to entrepreneurship.“What the CSJP is offering is stronger support for youth, and what they have done for us is really powerful,” he said.Operation Friendship provides inner-city youth with skills training and remedial help in mathematics and English. Skills taught include auto body repair, building construction, furniture making, plumbing and welding. The trainees were selected from several CSJP targeted communities.The CSJP is a multifaceted crime and violence-prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime and violence prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes.The programme is funded by the Government of Jamaica, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada (DFATD); and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (DFID). Eight Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) trainees attached to Operation Friendship are to be employed at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security overseas employment initiative. read more

PATH Disburses 53 Billion

During the 2018/2019 financial year, the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) disbursed $5.3 billion to more than 130,000 families or 340,000 beneficiaries. She also informed that since June 2019, PATH benefit levels were increased by an average of 17 per cent, and in September 2018, the Ministry introduced the PATH back-to-school grant for each child registered in school. This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 9. During the 2018/2019 financial year, the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) disbursed $5.3 billion to more than 130,000 families or 340,000 beneficiaries.This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 9.She also informed that since June 2019, PATH benefit levels were increased by an average of 17 per cent, and in September 2018, the Ministry introduced the PATH back-to-school grant for each child registered in school.“This grant will continue with over $500 million projected to be spent in the 2019/20 financial year. As promised last year, we will facilitate direct electronic transfers of benefit payments, commencing with the August 2019 payment,” Mrs. Robinson said.She noted that this will represent a saving on both sides as well as being more discreet and convenient for the families.Meanwhile, under the Steps to Work Programme, the Ministry continues to support the entrepreneurial activities of PATH clients, in order to provide a platform for families to move towards economic independence.Mrs. Robinson said for this financial year, Steps to Work will target 800 PATH households to benefit from upskilling initiatives, and another 600 for on-the-job training.Additionally, under this programme, a further 1,100 PATH clients will receive financial support to establish micro businesses.“Our aim is to ultimately remove these persons from the programme who no longer qualify for benefits. The on-the-job training is intended to ensure their financial and social stability. If you don’t put them in this position of independence, then they will again become dependent on the State for social protection,” the Minister said.In the meantime, the PATH Programme, in its continued commitment to improving the quality of life for its clients, hosted sessions on nutrition, child discipline and budgeting.The programme, which started in 2017, has since engaged 955 households in the parenting programme. This year, the programme intends to engage a further 500 PATH families targeting parents of children aged two to six years. Story Highlights read more