Region 5 residents urged to open own businesses


RESIDENTS of Mahaica-Berbice (Five) have been encouraged to become job creators as opposed to dependents by pursuing entrepreneurial ventures.
This charge was made by Shazeena Seetayah, of the Ministry of Social Protection during a seminar on interview techniques last Friday. The seminar was held at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Boardroom, Fort Wellington, West Coast Berbice (WCB) and targeted the unemployed in that region.
During the seminar, residents raised the issue of lack of jobs which has affected individuals of all age range in the region. In addressing this concern Seetayah, who was a facilitator at the seminar, committed on the Ministry’s behalf to assist individuals in finding jobs, while encouraging them to create their own jobs through entrepreneurial ventures.
She explained to the participants that the Central Recruitement and Manpower Agency (CRMA) of the Ministry, continues to work with persons until they are able to secure employment. The agency is a division of the Social Protection Ministry that registers applicants for employment, taking specific note of their occupational qualifications, experiences and desires, and interviews them for employment and evaluates, if necessary, their physical and vocational abilities.
Its objective is to place individuals seeking jobs in suitable employment while providing career guidance and counselling. Over the last two year, President David Granger has emphasized the need for individuals to venture into entrepreneurship and become job creators as opposed to depending on businesses to provide jobs for them.
Meanwhile, Valarie Moore, Chief Central Recruitment and Manpower Officer, said based on the feedback from employers, it is the interview process which is crucial and most applicants are disqualified at that stage. She said that as a result, the department has implemented training sessions in the area of interview techniques as a part of their work programme for 2017.
The Ministry said in a statement that at the end of the seminar, participants were expected to be better able to prepare for and enter the work environment. They were encouraged to utilize and support the services of the CRMA.
To help individuals achieve this, the sessions provided them with useful information and techniques on preparing a resume and the interview process. Additionally, there was a practical session were participants were able to participate in mock interviews. Grateful for the opportunity to have been part of an exercise which they said benefitted them tremendously, participants extended words of acknowledgements to the Ministry.