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Labour Ministry pushes to get more women involved in overseas employment programmes

Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 1:13 AM

Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says the Ministry is seeking to put measures in place to increase the participation of women in the overseas employment programmes.

He was speaking at the 2016 dispatch ceremony for some 310 participants in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme earlier this week.

He says he will be engaging the relevant stakeholders in discussion towards advancing this initiative.

Ferguson has disclosed that Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, has directed that all Cabinet Ministers work towards creating gender equity within programmes under their portfolios.

Meanwhile, Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Dione Jennings, says the Ministry is assessing the skills of female applicants, which will assist in placing them in the most appropriate industries.

She notes that while women have traditionally served in the hospitality sector, working as housekeepers, cooks and kitchen assistants, there has been a decline in demand in these areas.

Approximately 8,090 Jamaicans benefitted from employment opportunities in Canada last year, with 97 per cent engaged in farm work, while other persons travelled under the Low Skill and Skilled Workers programmes.