Hundreds of eager Bahamians turned out on Saturday, September 22, 2018, for the Department of Labour’s Eighth ‘Labour on the Blocks’ Job Fair at the C.V. Bethel High School on East Street South. The Job Fair started at 11:00 a.m. and concluded at 3:00 p.m.
During a press briefing the Minister of Labour, Senator the Hon. Dion A. Foulkes while flanked by senior officers of the Ministry and Department of Labour said, “We have so far processed 450 job seekers, and we did it all in about three to four hours.” Minister Foulkes said, “I would like to thank all of the employers that are here today. We have some 20 service establishments here today. For the first time, we have the marine industry represented. We have Aquamarine and Campbell Shipping here today and I am very pleased that they have come out… The Prime Minister has directed that the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education focus on the marine sciences and the marine opportunities, so we are very pleased.”
Minister Foulkes pointed out that all of the businesses represented at the job fair had vacancies. The Labour Minister announced that the Ministry and Department of Labour will hold two specialty job fairs later this year, one of which will include a ‘Labour on the Docks’ event. He noted that this will address the shortage of Bahamian divers in the country. The other ‘Labour on The Blocks’ Job Fair according to Minister Foulkes will be held at the Department of Corrections to assist inmates who are about to be released from prison and are in search of a job. “We have spoken to 10 construction companies who are prepared to come into the prison …and interview some of those inmates who are about to be released,” he said. Some of the companies represented at the Job Fair included Diamonds International, Purity Bakery, Wemco Security, CIBC First Caribbean, John Bull, Campbell Shipping, Aquamarine, Fusion, Air Conditioning Refrigeration Mechanical, Enviroscape, Coca-Cola and the National Training Agency. Also in attendance at the job fair were Ms. Cecilia Strachan, Permanent Secretary, Acting in the
Ministry of Labour; Mr. John Pinder, Director of Labour, Acting; Mr. William Pratt, Under
Secretary, Acting and Mrs. Patrenda Russell-Brice, Deputy Director of Labour.
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