Kellier praises Maritime Institute
LABOUR and social security Minister Derrick Kellier has lauded the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) for providing what he described as critical training necessary to produce highly-skilled personnel needed for the local and international job markets.
"From all indications...the kind of personnel that you turn out...are of the highest quality. They are able to get jobs even before they complete their training and as such, because the skills that they possess are in such great demand, there is no waiting list when they leave (CMI). People get into the job market very easily because of the need for their various skills," he said.
The Minister was speaking during a meeting on the campus of the CMI in Kingston last Wednesday prior to a tour of the institution.
Kellier further noted that as the country prepares to take advantage of the increased job opportunities anticipated from the Global Logistics Hub Initiative, he was pleased that the CMI was equipping individuals with the requisite skills and knowledge.
The institute, in collaboration with the industry and education ministries, HEART Trust/NTA, and the Port Authority of Jamaica has been offering a three-hour-long interactive course called Logistics 101 which is intended to increase awareness of the hub and the opportunities it brings.
It is offered to any company, government agency, community, association and service groups at any training site across Jamaica and has been delivered in seven parishes so far.
Areas covered include: the nature of logistics; features of a hub; expectations of a contributing labour force; jobs available through the initiative; educational and training opportunities to be had.
Government's position is that the development of the hub will position Jamaica as a major logistics point that will be able to benefit from increased trade activities through the Caribbean as a result of the expansion of the Panama Canal. As such, it is expected to drive investment and create sustainable employment over the long-term.
"We look forward to see the developments that will come...the country is depending on institutions like the CMI to really help to build the capacity of the people in the country," Kellier added.
Executive Director of the CMI Dr Fritz Pinnock said the institution aims to produce students who can become entrepreneurs, noting that the approach at CMI is to select skills according to market demands.
"What does the market need? The market needs good attitude. So we are going to repackage your attitude, we're going to repackage your employability skills. These are things we are putting together. At the end, we want to turn out a wholesome person," he said.