Following the release of the Department of Statistics Labour Survey which shows unemployment has doubled from 4% in 2009 to 8% in 2012, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Patrice Minors gave an overview of some of the initiatives Government is undertaking in respect to employment.
Minister Minors said, “In the immediate or short term, we are helping Bermudians to adjust to the changing labour market so that they can secure jobs and prepare themselves for better jobs in the future. But Bermudians can be assured that overall, this Government is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure that we promote long-term sustainable growth in Bermuda in a variety of ways.”
She said, “One of our aims is to help the unemployed ‘reinvent’ themselves, so they are ‘job ready’ and can work within the current job market. For most, it means starting a programme to upgrade or change their skills. For some, it means taking a job that they may feel is below their skill level, while they learn new skills to meet the requirements for a better paying job.
“We have already rolled out the Waiter/Server programme, the Drywall Programme, the Nail Tech Programme and the Accounting Certification programme. Additional training and retraining programmes that lead to real jobs will be made available in the coming months, also, we will build on past programmes by opening these up to new applicants.”
Minister Minors continued, “One of our highest priorities is putting in place new processes and procedures to make the One-Stop Career Centre a reality. We expect to launch this facility in February 2013, however the principles and philosophy that supports the One-Stop are currently being implemented within the Department of Labour and Training so that officers are able to more effectively meet the needs of unemployed and underemployed clients.
“Further, The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is helping to address unemployment by working with small and medium-sized businesses. We believe one of the keys to economic recovery lies with small business owners and entrepreneurs with the imagination and drive to innovate and start small businesses.
“One of BEDC’s initiatives is to provide help to companies looking to establish themselves with secure start-up funding. The BEDC also provides a catalyst to establish a greater array of services in Bermuda that, in turn, are attractive to both international businesses establishing themselves here and tourists visiting the island. Stimulating entrepreneurship drives job creation and empowers Bermudians to become part of the engine for economic sustainability.”
Minister Minors pointed out that some of the ingredients for a recovering economy include:
- Growth in the tourism sector;
- A thriving international businesses sector;
- Diversification into new areas such as opportunities in ‘green’ industries; and
- Collaboration with industry partners.
The Minister concluded, “As evidenced by the consultation that is occurring around the evolution of Bermuda’s work permit policies, business and government share an understanding that Bermuda is a strong country and has the potential to be even stronger.
“In tough times, it is important that we collaborate even more to overcome the challenges we face. The Government is committed to working with business to ensure that the economy grows and that more jobs are added to ensure greater employment opportunities.”
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