St Ann police staging job fair next month
AN event aimed at helping young Jamaicans gain employment is scheduled to be held next month by the St Ann police as part of efforts to maintain community safety and security.
The job fair, which is being held under the theme ‘Reducing’, is planned for April 2 at Ocho Rios police station in the parish.
The event is being spearheaded by Constable Winston Burke, who has been knocking on the doors of several business establishments in the resort town and surrounding areas to solicit their support for the venture.
Burke told the Jamaica Observer North
East that he was motivated to do something after he realised that a large number of young people are unemployed.
He believes that this will help with the reduction in crime, citing that unemployment and crime are correlated.
“I went to the communities and I saw young people sitting at home and on the street corner doing absolutely nothing and I say, ‘what can I do?’” Burke recalled.
That pushed him to visit businesses to find out if they had vacancies and if they are willing to interview people to fill them. Burke said he has visited both public sector andprivate sector organisations, including hotels from Tower Isle in St Mary to Mammee Bay in St Ann, seeking their partnership in hosting the job fair.
“I am on the road day to day visiting these businesses. The response is overwhelming. People were elated to be a part of it. The hotels have given me their full support,” Burke said.
“I was given confirmation for 46 vacancies and 16 scholarships from institutions. We are not only targeting unemployment, but we are also targeting people who want to move forward from one level to another, education-wise,” he added.
The constable said while he suspects that more people will turn out than vacancies available, he believes that even if a small number is employed then something would have been achieved.
“If 10 people get employed we would have been successful in reducing unemployment,” he said, adding that he will continue to knock on doors.
“If anybody is interested and have vacancy they can contact me at the Ocho Rios police Station. We are not asking you to sponsor by giving us money; we are asking if you have any vacancies to let us know,” he continued.