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February 1, 2014
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CMI hailed for providing quality training

Labour and social security minister, Derrick Kellier, has lauded the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) for providing the critical training necessary to produce highly skilled personnel needed for local and international job markets.

"From all indications, the kind of personnel that you turn out are of the highest quality. They are able to get jobs even before they complete their training and, as such, because the skills that they possess are in such great demand, there is no waiting list when they leave. People get into the job market very easily because of the need for their various skills," he said.

The minister was speaking during a meeting held on the campus of the CMI in Kingston on January 29, prior to a tour of the institution.

Minister Kellier further noted that as the country prepares to take advantage of the increased job opportunities anticipated from the Global Logistic Hub Initiative, he is pleased CMI is now equipping individuals with skills that will be required.

Hundreds of Jamaicans have been trained and certified in various skills to supply labour for the logistics hub, through a programme offered by CMI, in collaboration with the ministries of industry, investment and commerce education HEART Trust/NTA and the Port Authority of Jamaica.

Executive director, CMI, Dr Fritz Pinnock, said the institution aims to produce students who can become entrepreneurs, noting that the approach at CMI is to be mindful of what the market demands and to equip students with the skills required.

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