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Guyanese looking for jobs in the Caribbean will be able to qualify for a Caricom Skills Certificate – 24th May 2013

shot0013More Guyanese looking for jobs  in the Caribbean will soon be able to qualify for a Caricom skills certificate.

The Jamaican Government is to table amendments to the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, so as to broaden the categories of skilled nationals able to access jobs in other regional countries.

The Act’s original concept has been modified over the years in an effort to facilitate full implementation of the free movement of skills mandate. This entails the right to seek employment in any CARICOM member-state and elimination of the need for work permits and permits to stay.

Jamaican Labour and Social Security Minister, Derrick Kellier, will table the amendments to increase the categories of workers who can apply for a CARICOM Skills Certificate.

Under the present CARICOM Skills Certificate in Guyana, the categories of skilled workers currently being able to access employment in other Caribbean islands are artistes; musicians; holders of degrees from recognized tertiary educational institutions; journalists/media workers; and sportsmen and women.

The proposed amendments will legally extend this facilitation to nurses; teachers; and workers holding specific categories of vocational qualifications. The Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act came into effect in Guyana in 1997,as part of the provisions of 1989 Grand Anse Declaration that underpins the advancement of the Caribbean regional integration process through the creation of a CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The CSME allows for the free movement of skills, services, goods and labour across the 15-member regional grouping.

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