Labour ministry recruiting tradesmen for Canada

Wants pipe fitters, welders, and heavy-duty mechanics

BY NADINE WILSON Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

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THE Ministry of Labour and Social Security is in the process of recruiting certified pipe fitters, welders and heavy-duty mechanics for the Canadian labour market as it seeks to increase the number of persons benefiting from the overseas employment programme.

"We are breaking into some new grounds; we are inviting experienced pipe fitters and welders, you must have at least four to five years experience as a pipe fitter and you have to have paper and recommendation," Labour Minister Pearnel Charles said yesterday during his address to farm workers who were preparing to leave the island for jobs in the United States.

"You must be healthy and strong. You must have a clean record; you must have experience in the trade and can get recommendation and have paper. Once you have that, call me or come to the Ministry of Labour or any of the offices in the parish where you are, and we will take from those who have applied an amount to send abroad," he said.

Despite the most recent global recession, Charles said that many Jamaicans continue to benefit from employment opportunities in Canada and the US. Jamaicans have, over the years, secured jobs in traditional areas such as farming and seafood packaging, and most recently in non-traditional areas such as construction, hospitality and health care.

"Over 50,000 Jamaicans are directly benefiting this morning from the over 11,000 workers who have gone to Canada and America this year," Charles told the farm workers.

"Mexico has nearly 90 per cent of the farm workers, we have only nine per cent and... we want another nine per cent; we want to send another 10,000 Jamaicans up there," the minister said.

— Nadine Wilson




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