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More overseas jobs for Jamaican labourers - More than 150 sent off on farm work programme

Published:Friday | January 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM

THE MINISTRY of Labour has found additional employment opportunities for Jamaicans to travel to Canada.

On Tuesday 150 farm workers were given the green light to take up employment opportunities in Canada under the Overseas Agricultural Employment Programme.

Another 26 workers left the island on Wednesday with others expected to leave before the end of the month.

According to the labour ministry, more than 200 workers are expected to participate in the programme this month.

These workers will be assigned to farms in various provinces in Canada for a period of six to eight months.

Labour Minister Pearnel Charles said this was part of his ministry's attempt to bolster the labour market by taking advantage of traditional and non-traditional jobs overseas

Charles said the ministry would continue to seek additional employment opportunities in a variety of skills and trades to empower families.

According to Charles, the ministry would continue to facilitate the training or retraining of workers to equip them for the Canadian and United States labour market.

He said the labour ministry's Family Service Unit would continue to play a pivotal role in ensuring families stay in touch during the period as part of efforts to safeguard the family structure.