More Than 4000 Persons Find Jobs Through LMIS

Since the recent upgrading of Jamaica’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS), some 4,208 persons have found jobs, while the system has attracted 1,300 employers and 23,000 jobseekers.Making the disclosure, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, said the LMIS has had a “significant impact” on the labour market in Jamaica.“The LMIS has become a national employment portal, with career practitioners and educators now using it to make informed decisions,” the State Minister said.He was delivering the keynote address at the launch of the LMIS website and mobile application, held yesterday (June 17) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.The Internet-based system has three major components – the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE), the Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) and the Skills Bank. It was established to link prospective employers with employees through a web-based medium.A major function of the ELE is the provision of career counselling to jobseekers, tips on résumé writing, interview and job search techniques.Mr. Mayne told his audience that the system is part of his Ministry’s continued quest to “reduce unemployment and to minimise the existing skills gap in the labour market”.He pointed out that the website is now more user-friendly, and features improved job-matching capability, easier navigation, and is more contemporary.The mobile application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store for use on multiple mobile devices, such as the cellphone, tablets and laptops, and will soon be available for Apple devices.“I implore all business owners and corporate human resource managers to register on the LMIS portal, and we will help you find the right talent to suit your needs. To all persons seeking a job, regardless of your age or level of qualification, register to the portal and start your journey of finding that job that matches your skills,” the State Minister said.The system was developed with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and partners such as New Employment Opportunities (NEO), and Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE). Since the recent upgrading of Jamaica’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS), some 4,208 persons have found jobs, while the system has attracted 1,300 employers and 23,000 jobseekers. Making the disclosure, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, said the LMIS has had a “significant impact” on the labour market in Jamaica. “The LMIS has become a national employment portal, with career practitioners and educators now using it to make informed decisions,” the State Minister said. Story Highlights read more

UN seeks nearly 275 million in food and emergency aid for Ethiopia

For the first time in the history of such appeals in Ethiopia, an effort has been made to handle separately chronic and acute caseloads. The 2005 humanitarian appeal is expected to address the acute needs of the unpredictable caseload, while a “productive safety net programme” will tackle longer-term food security needs.Starting in January 2005, about 2.2 million people will receive emergency food assistance while more than 5 million chronically food insecure people will be provided assistance in the form of cash or food for labour intensive public works.Beyond food assistance, the appeal seeks to address needs in the areas of agriculture, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, especially in drought-affected parts of the country. It also attempts to mainstream cross-cutting themes such as child protection and HIV/AIDS in these sectors.In the health and nutrition category, 6.8 million children up to the age of 59 months will be targeted for measles vaccinations and vitamin A supplements. More than $83.7 million is needed this programme and for other initiatives, including those addressing malaria, meningitis, reproductive health, acute malnutrition, diarrhoea and other communicable diseases.The appeal also aims to provide access to improved water and sanitation services for more than 2 million people at a cost of $10 million, while a further $10.8 million is required for the crop and livestock sectors. read more