It appears Barbadians, anticipating fewer jobs opportunities here, are headed to overseas markets in search of employment.
At a time when hundreds are being laid off from the public sector public sector the Barbados Employment Career Counseling Department, has seen an increase in inquiries from persons who are exploring their options to travel and work, says Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan.
During a press conference earlier today at the Labour Department in Warrens the minister said, “We have had interviews in the Ministry not very long ago, in relation to both a hotel overseas, as well as the agricultural workers’ programme in Canada. We actually had a review meeting two or three weeks ago, in St Lucia.
“Barbados made its position very clear that we wanted to make sure that we had opportunities for those persons who may want to leave Barbados and seek employment outside of Barbados,” Jordan said.
The minister made it clear that even though the desire is not to have a brain drain, persons will want to have work experiences outside of Barbados, especially in the current employment climate.
He said that he also met with liaison officers from Canada and Miami about three months ago, and they assured him that they remain committed to finding all opportunities that could provide meaningful and decent work for those in society who want to explore those possibilities.
“And yes, especially at a time when persons are being separated from the public service, there is an increased need to make sure that those persons have opportunities, and if they have the desire to seek employment outside of Barbados, we are going to continue to do all in our power to ensure that as many opportunities as possible, become and remain available to our people,” he said.
The press conference was held after Jordan delivered opening remarks at a Labour and Employment Relations Seminar.
The seminar for supervisory personnel was organized to equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively and properly manage those for whom they have responsibility.