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Women employed as seafood packers



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Ten (10) women left the island on September 23 to be engaged as seafood packers in Nova Scotia, Canada.
According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) , the women will be working for a period of six months at Westmoreland Fisheries in Nova Scotia and will join 15 other Jamaicans already working there since May.
The women, ranging from ages 23 to 40 years, were drawn from the parishes of St. Ann, Clarendon, Portland, Kingston and St. Andrew, Trelawny and St. Elizabeth.
MLSS Minister Pearnel Charles said last week that the opportunity at Westmoreland Fisheries arose from the positive feedback given by Canadian employers at Cape Bald, the other fisheries operation in Nova Scotia where 45 Jamaicans are employed.
The Minister asked workers at a meeting at the ministry to "demonstrate appropriate behaviour at the workplace which could open further opportunities for other Jamaicans."
Meanwhile, a 27- member Canadian delegation of health-care employers will visit the island between September 28 to October 2 to recruit licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and resident care aides (RCAs) who are currently being trained for full-time employment in Canada.
According to the MLSS, approximately 250 practical nurses are being trained at the Pre-University School in Kingston, Portmore and Montego Bay, the Brown's Town Community College in St Ann, Knox Community College in Mandeville and Nuttall Hospital in Kingston.
The nurses are being trained based on the Canadian curriculum to facilitate easy certification to work abroad, a ministry source said.
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