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A problem of jobs

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 9:00 AMTamara Bailey
Marcelle Fenton

Mandeville, Manchester:

In Mandeville, skilled workers are hard to find.

"What's missing are the artisans - the skilled labourers. You want a plumber, you want a carpenter, you want somebody who is not an intellect with a degree. We can't find them. We need to work on having a stronger set of institutions that deal with that level of training so we have that skill level in Mandeville at all times." said Marcelle Fenton, president of the Rotary Club of Mandeville.

Elrette Gooden, of the Catholic College of Mandeville, said the town has failed to keep graduates in the community.

"Although we have all these educational facilities, we are not seeing the output from Manchester as a result of these institutions. We have a lot of people coming in and a majority is not from the parish, so it's a development for Jamaica, but we are not capitalising on it."

Development officer at the Office of the Member of Parliament for Central Manchester, Trishanna Archer said, however, that there were more than a thousand applications from skilled job-seekers at the office.

"In Mandeville, we have an above-average trained labour force, particularly trained by our educational facilities. At the office of the member of parliament we run a job bank where we have 1,600 persons who are job seekers - plumbers, electricians, carpenters construction workers - some who have even trained up to degree levels. I'm not really sure where the challenge is where persons can't find workers because we have them," she said.

She added: "We have been able to find work for some of them and what we have also done is form a partnership with the Ministry of Labour as well to identify work locally."