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Unemployed Bahamians urged to take advantage of job fair

Freetown member of Parliament Wayne Munroe urged Bahamians to seek dozens of jobs that will be made available at an upcoming job fair, instead of complaining about foreign workers being hired.

“We need to stop complaining about the issuance of work permits, unless we are willing to step up and offer ourselves for these jobs,” said Munroe during a press conference to announce the Ministry of Labour’s Labour on the Blocks Freetown job fair.

“There can be no excuses. They will help you with your résumé. They will even help you with getting properly dressed.”

The job fair will take place on Saturday at Pilgrim Baptist Temple on St. James Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There have been 11 job fairs on three Family Islands since the initiative began.

Three thousands Bahamians have been employed as a result of the fairs, according to Minister of Labour and Immigration Keith Bell.

At the Carmichael job fair, over 100 people were hired on the spot, Bell said.

“We are seeing more and more numbers coming out,” he said when asked how Bahamian participation has been at the job fairs.

“The reality is that we do give out in excess of 15,000 work permits per year in this country. Instead of complaining and sitting on the sideline, and not having a job and not getting a job, and not preparing yourself for a job, the idea and the object is to ensure that first of all, you work hard, put yourself in that position, and when the opportunity is created, you are able to get the job.”

Bell said a job readiness seminar will be conducted to prepare job seekers to be hired.

He urged interested individuals to register early to speed up the process, and to come to the fair prepared to be hired.