Farm work recruitment begins Tuesday

June 23, 2017
Labour minister Shahine Robinson, greets some of the first batch of farmworkers to be sent to Canada for 2017. The group of approximately 375 left the island in January.

Recruitment for the Overseas Employment Programme, administered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will be held between June 26 and July 17.

This programme provides opportunities for hundreds of Jamaicans on Canadian and American farms yearly.

Recruitment for the programme is done based on the needs of employers. The last recruitment was done in 2015 and resulted in a pool of approximately 3,000 persons from which to select.

To ensure successful placement in the programme, persons must satisfy a number of requirements. Candidates must:

- Be between 21 and 45 years old.

- Possess a Taxpayer Registration Number and a National Insurance Scheme number.

- Possess a valid passport.

- Be literate.

- Have not been refused a visa in the last year by the Canadian or United States of America authorities.

- Not have been previously deported from any country.

- Possess no criminal record.

Application forms are available through several avenues, including Members of Parliament, mayors and councillors, the ministry's parish offices, civic organisations, trade unions, and agricultural schools.

After the forms have been completed and submitted to the ministry, they are processed and then interviews are scheduled islandwide.

Normally, four locations are visited across the country 110-114 East Street in Kingston; Mandeville, Manchester; Montego Bay, St James and St Ann.

Approximately 375 farm workers left the island for Canada in January. Last year, 15,611 workers participated in the programme.

Of this figure, 8,934, or more than 50 per cent, went to Canada. This represented an increase of 844 new workers when compared with the same period in 2015.

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