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JC to explore seafaring

Published:Saturday | November 26, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Jamaica College (JC) and the Caribbean Maritime Institute is set to exploit a wide range of opportunities in the nautical industry, a sector currently embarking on a recruitment drive.

According to Jamaica College principal, Ruel Reid, the MOU seeks to bridge the gap between a shortage of seafarers and a lack of vocational and academic initiatives in Jamaica to fill these opportunities in the labour market.

"There is a shortage of 70,000 seafarers and that is why we are trying to beef up the Caribbean Maritime Institute to be able to train those so they can get jobs," he told The Gleaner.