MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Pearnel Charles has encouraged employers to make use of the National Skills Bank to identify skilled job seekers within the country.
"The skills bank (provides) a list of skills that are available throughout the country parish by parish, category by category. Through this National Skills Bank, demand or shortages in various job categories can be readily identified and addressed," he stated.
"The Government is seeking to make this pool/database of workers available to employers and entrepreneurs and fill their need for responsive workers," he added as he addressed the board of directors of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) during a special presentation last Wednesday at the association's offices in Kingston.
The skills bank is a crucial component of the Ministry's Labour Market Information System, which has been revamped to provide information on the labour market and facilitate job placement and other services.
It is a web-based system designed to facilitate job search and placement and provides for greater accessibility to labour market data about the economy, population and labour force.
The Minister said the skills bank will also provide information regarding available jobs in the overseas market, including the wider Caribbean, where there is an urgent need for persons in certain health-related categories and other fields. These include: licensed practical nurses, caregivers, dental assistants, automotive technicians and drivers, among others.