Smith-Edwards August 19, 2014
Minister of Labour and
Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier (fourth left), cuts the ribbon to
symbolize the official re-opening of the Ministry’s newly renovated Electronic
Labour Exchange (ELE) offices, during a ceremony at its North Street location
in downtown Kingston on Tuesday, August 19. Also participating (from left) are:
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alvin McIntosh; Senior Social Protection
Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Donna Harris; and Principal
Labour Market Specialist, IDB, Jacqueline Mazza. The ELE is the core component
of the Ministry’s Labour Market Information System (LMIS), which is a web-based
data and information source for job search and placement.
of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s Electronic Labour Exchange
(ELE) can now enjoy improved services, following the opening of its renovated
offices, on Tuesday, August 19.
at the Ministry’s North Street building, in downtown Kingston, the offices are
now fully equipped with modern equipment. It was refurbished at a cost of $8
million through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The ELE forms the core of the Ministry’s
Labour Market Information System (LMIS) and provides both online and offline
services to jobseekers and employers.
It was established in January 2002 with the
objective to link prospective employers with employees and vice versa, through
a web-based medium. In addition to its web-based functions, the ELE provides
offline services to job seekers, such as basic career counselling (resume
writing, interview and job search techniques).
Addressing the re-opening ceremony, Minister
of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said the LMIS, within the
context of the ELE division, represents a win-win proposition for all of
Jamaica – job seekers, employers and the Government.
“The LMIS device, for example, when properly
utilised, will function as a one-stop portal for providing linkages between job
seekers and employers,” he said.
He noted that employers can post job
openings and search for matching candidates at any given time. In addition, job
seekers can up-load their resumes and actually apply for jobs online.
“The services offered by these devices are
absolutely free of cost to the users, and job seekers and employers can access
them via the internet, the telephone, or by visiting any of the Ministry’s
offices islandwide,” he said.
The Minister said that over time, it will
assist in increasing productivity levels through the use of labour market data
to guide policy decisions in respect of training, education, and curriculum
development for the workforce of the future.
Principal Labour Market Specialist for the
IDB, Jacqueline Mazza, congratulated the country on the “great leap” it has
made in terms of improved employment services, noting that the renovated
offices now allows the Government to offer a more modern, client-centred
employment and job information service.
Providing an overview of the project, the
Ministry’s Director of
Manpower Services, Andrea Miller-Stennett, informed that the renovation of the
offices resulted from the IDB’s Mission to Jamaica in August 2012.
The purpose of the visit was to consult and
deliberate on the design of an investment loan and elements for a policy based
loan to fund the Integrated Social Protection and Labour Programme.
Out of these discussions, a decision was
made to improve the ELE to create a National Employment Portal involving the
development of a modern user friendly website, and the expansion and upgrading
of a wide range of employment services, all delivered in a modern, well
equipped and customer friendly environment.
“Under the Integrated Social Protection and
Labour Programme funded by the IDB, the LMIS website has been enhanced and the
offices renovated. The entire office has been renovated and equipment, such as
computers, new furniture, printers, tablets have been procured to enhance
service delivery in the ELE,” Mrs. Miller-Stennett said.She
explained that the aim is to assist in preparing candidates, so they can be job
ready and at the same time assist employers to find suitable candidates. She
added that both sets of users can benefit from the labour market data on the
system, which can be utilized to guide their decisions.