On Saturday, 17th February 2018, the Ministry of Labour and the Grand Bahama Department of Labour will host “Labour on the Blocks” at the Susan J. Wallace Park at Columbus Drive and Nansen Avenue on Saturday, 17th February from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Senator Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour, along with Senior Executives from the Department of Labour will be in attendance. The “Labour on the Blocks” initiative was announced during the debate on the Speech from the Throne by the Labour Minister and it is designed to bring together job seekers and employers at locations which are in or close to residential communities. Additionally, all job seekers are registered in the Department’s database. The staff of the Public Employment Services Unit (PES) of the Department of Labour is the lead organizers of the events. So far two successful “Labour on the Blocks” have been held in New Providence.
The Ministry of Labour is very pleased with the turnout at the New Providence events and is confident that there will be great numbers of persons who will attend the Grand Bahama “Labour on the Blocks” event. To date, the Minister of Labour has noted that he is “very pleased with the level of private sector participation” from all sectors and industries. Businesses are welcome to participate in the “Labour on the Blocks” initiatives, many of whom have hired job seekers on the spot in New Providence. Minister Foulkes notes that “this speaks to the effectiveness of this new initiative, which is providing hope and opportunity for job seekers. The same is anticipated for Grand Bahama on 17th February’’. The Ministry of Labour intends to host monthly “Labour on the Blocks” events throughout The Bahamas, including other Family Island communities.
Economic growth and job creation remain one of the leading priorities of the Government, and the “Labour on the Blocks” is successfully answering the needs of job seekers as well as employers in effectively connecting eligible candidates with the right jobs. The Department of Labour encourages all job seekers in The Bahamas or abroad, and employers with vacancies to register within the Department’s recruitment database: jobseekers.bahamas.gov.bs
Persons attending the “Labour on the Blocks” Job Fairs are asked to bring along their NIB Card, and a valid Government-issued ID such as a passport or voters card. Registering in the database in advance is also recommended.