Palmer August 7, 2014
Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) is looking to expand the
Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) to its regional offices in Montego Bay and
The aim is to enable more Jamaicans to
access the electronic job database and benefit from assistance provided at the
Ministry’s Kingston office.
Acting Director of the ELE, Lyndon Ford,
said that over the next year, the Ministry’s Montego Bay and Mandeville offices
should be able to provide comparable services to that of its North Street
“We want to spread our services nationally
and get more persons to register and also be in a position where persons, who
do not have internet access, can come into our offices across the island and
get the services,” he said.
The ELE is a cost-free electronic
employment portal that facilitates the matching of job seekers with employers.
Last year, the ELE helped to place over 900 persons in local and overseas jobs.
It 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. By logging on to: www.lmis.gov.jm, or
the Ministry’s website at: www.mlss.gov.jm, job seekers can upload their resumes, while
employers can search for potential employees.
Persons without internet access can visit
the Ministry’s North Street office to use the computers to access the service,
which also includes résumé writing tips, job search and interview techniques,
and career counselling.
Job seekers are also prepared through
employability skills sessions held in partnership with the HEART/Trust NTA and
Mr. Ford underscored the importance of the
service to both employers and job seekers.
“It’s an avenue where employers can get the
skill sets they need and job seekers can get accurate information about the
labour market. They can post résumés on our website and this allows easier
access to employment opportunities,” Mr. Ford informed.
The Acting Director also highlighted the
contribution of the ELE to national development. “When persons’ skill sets are
brought into the national database, it allows us to comprehensively look at it
to see what it is that we have, where it is that we are going, where it is that
there is surplus and also the (skill sets) that need to be enhanced”, he said.
According to the ELE head, jobs in
hospitality, customer service and sales are in high demand while jobs in green
technology such as solar panel installation are emerging. He said that the
Ministry is seeking to get more professionals to use the database through its
public education programmes.
The LMIS was established in 2001. The other
components are: the Skills Bank, which provides information on locally
available expertise; and the Labour Market Intelligence, which combines data on
the economy, population and labour market as well as details on training
opportunities, the most frequently advertised jobs and labour market research
conducted by the MLSS.
Read more: http://jis.gov.jm/ministry-looking-expand-electronic-labour-exchange/