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Employment with LEGS ... PM announces four-point initiative

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 5:16 AM
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced plans to develop a four-point programme that will ensure employment for all Jamaicans.

The programme, called LEGS, is to be the subject of discussions with employers in short order, Holness said this morning at the Jamaica Employers' Federation's (JEF) 34th annual convention in Montego Bay, St James.

"It is working for Learning, your compulsory education and apprenticeship; working for Earning; working to Give; and then working to Save, where you work to put aside something," Holness said, in explaining the acronym LEGS.

"The Government has to move toward a policy of work ... the policy would say that every Jamaican between their third and 18th birthday should be attached to an educational institute, and every Jamaican should have access to a programme of apprenticeship, whether in an area of service or an area of skill," the Prime Minister added.

The JEF's annual conference is being held under the theme "Empower people... Energize business."

- Christopher Thomas