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Labour ministry/private sector alliance employs 450

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 5:14 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Four hundred and fifty unemployed young people have received short-term employment since May through a workforce intervention programme between the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and various private sector organisations.

They have been placed in private sector companies for six months, said Labour Minister Derrick Kellier.

He added that the employees are paid $6,000 per week by the ministry for the first three months while participating private sector companies pay the final three.

“Some participants have even been retained on a permanent basis by companies,” Kellier said.

The Minister noted that under this initiative, two projects are being designed for the rural areas at a projected cost of $100 million.

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