THE EDITOR, Sir:As a graduate of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), more than two years ago, with an honours degree in logistics and supply chain management, I was appalled to hear Industry Minister Anthony Hylton's pron-ouncement that Jamaica could not provide sufficient skilled and experienced workers for the upcoming logistics hub.
CMI has been putting out industry-ready degree and diploma holders, specifically and specially trained for logistics and supply-chain management and international shipping for years.
More than 100 graduates of the institute are currently unemployed because our shipping and distribution companies are either oblivious to the facts about proper logistics or they genuinely do not practise, or intend to practise, proper logistics. Thus, you have business administration and engineering graduates in jobs they know nothing about, all in the name of 'links'!
I challenge you, Mr Editor, to take a survey and see how many of these employed persons, whether in the shipping, education, finance, government or whichever sector, are actually qualified for the jobs they are in.
The Government has obviously done no research to find out if Jamaica could supply qualified employees for the hub. I've been sending out résumés, and I'm sure this is true for most of my classmates and previous graduating classes, but we are still sitting at home scraping for a few dollars.
Our only pastime is logging on to Facebook and watching the monstrosity of announcements on the 7 pm and 8 p.m. news that our ministers have put absolutely no thought or research into.
Millions of dollars have been spent on our degrees and diplomas. Most of us have no way of pursuing higher education or other skills-based courses without a JOB.
I'm still in shock at the idea that the Government would even think that an academic and technical course like logistics, which, in the next decade, will be the cornerstone of the Jamaican economy, could be taught in a few months at the HEART Trust/NTA where their core business is to bestow skill-based knowledge on students who have been less than adequate in academics. Why would you jeopardise the future of the country in that manner?
Minister Hylton, on behalf of the hundreds of graduates from the CMI's logistics programme, you can fool the country, but you cannot fool us. Take my advice: Leave logistics to the persons who have trained and studied for more than four years to acquire the knowledge to lead our country forward.