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Jobs but no takers - St Ann business owners outline challenges in finding employees

Published:Tuesday | October 24, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Joan McCalla
Belinda Duhaney
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At least one business operator in Ocho Rios, St Ann, is having difficulty in finding workers even after more than a year searching.

Belinda Duhaney of Sign, a company specialising in brand marketing, said she has been trying to employ a training manager for more than a year now, and, despite several newspaper advertisements, has seen not even one application.

"Right now, I need a training manager and I've gotten not one single application," Duhaney stated during a RJRGLEANER Communications Group meeting with executives from the St Ann Chamber of Commerce last Thursday at the chamber's Pineapple Place offices in Ocho Rios.

Duhaney said the ads don't even ask for qualifications, yet no one seems interested.

"I'm not even asking for qualifications, I'll train you!" she noted.

Duhaney noted that one of the reasons may be because some people don't want to work. She, however, suggested that a job fair may help link workers with jobs that are available.

Former teacher and now tour operator, Joan McCalla, said the situation is indicative of the serious problem they face with young people seeking jobs.

"What I have noticed, we have several young people who have graduated from university, and when you interview them, you are amazed. Yes, they have a degree and all what they want to have, but they're not fit for the job and their attitude towards work has to change," she stated.

McCalla suggested that learning a second language was critical for jobs in the tourism sector.