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Labour Ministry to begin pre-selection of persons for farm work programme

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is advising that no recruitment for the Overseas Employment Programme will begin today.

Instead, the ministry will begin the pre-selection of persons who already submitted farm work applications in May.

The programme provides opportunities for hundreds of Jamaicans on Canadian and American farms yearly.

Recruitment for the programme is done based on the needs of employers. The last recruitment was done in 2015 and resulted in a pool of approximately 3,000 persons from which to select.

To ensure successful placement in the programme, persons must satisfy a number of requirements. Candidates must:

- Be between 21 and 45 years old.

- Possess a Tax Registration Number and a National Insurance Scheme number.

- Possess a valid passport.

- Be literate.

- Have not been refused a visa in the last year by the Canadian or United States of America authorities.

- Not have been previously deported from any country.

- Possess no criminal record.