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There is a world of possibilities available in the agricultural sector and the establishment of a Youth Farm Programme is designed to encourage young people to grasp them. This was pointed out by Executive Director of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council, Henderson Eastmond, as he addressed a ceremony to launch the programme, last Friday at Baobab...
Safety and health is everyone's business This was the mantra echoed by representatives of the Labour tripartite at the launch of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Week this morning. Held at the Accra Beach Hotel, the opening ceremony signaled the official start of the week's activities which will be hosted under the theme Zero In On Safety. A seminar series which began...
The question should not be if one could afford to invest in occupational health and safety (OSH); instead, it should be ‘how could you afford not to’? This was the sentiment shared by the speakers at this morning’s launch of OSH Week 2013 – Zero in on Safety, as all parties agreed that OSH offered multiple, tangible benefits to employees...
Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the development of Barbados’ human capital.  The pledge was made when the Ministry of Labour hosted a Human Resource Development Strategy (HRDS) Orientation Seminar for Entrepreneurial Bodies, at the Warrens Office Complex this morning. Labour Minister, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo gave the assurance that government’s priority was to ensure “that Barbados has the...
The creation of ‘green jobs’ through the employment of national policies was on the agenda this week, when Minister of Labour, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo addressed the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) General Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Observing that the move towards such jobs would address multiple national issues, the Labour Minister stated that “Though we have tried to control...
The Safety and Health at Work (SHAW) Act can enhance small and medium enterprises was the message shared last Friday, as winners of the National Advisory Committee on Safety and Health (NACOSH) Poster and Logo Competitions Safety for Life – It Begins With You, gathered for an awards ceremony at the Ministry of Labour, Warrens Office Complex. Addressing the audience of...
Many persons may not be familiar with the acronym ‘OSH’ but it is steadily becoming an important component for business; and participants in the upcoming Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Week, which will be observed from July 1 to July 4, will have the opportunity to learn more about a variety of themes relevant to OSH, including the introduction...
Creating a demand-driven human resource system and a society where Barbadians are well prepared to successfully enter the job market or undertake entrepreneurship, is the driving force behind the multi-year, European Union sponsored Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategy 2011-2016. Managed by the Ministries of Labour and Education, it features five pillars which  speak to: an Enabling Environment for Human Resource...
Knowing one’s job is key to performing with competence at work and, in an effort to ensure employees are aware of their expected roles, the recently proclaimed Employment Rights Act 2012 requires a written statement of particulars of employment for workers. Addressed in Part IV of the Act, the Employment Particulars states that “Where a contract of employment is contemplated,...
Labour Department HIV Debating Competition 2012-2013  The Labour Department recently held its 5th annual HIV awareness drive, in the form of a debating competition, under the theme ‘Getting to Zero: Zero Stigma, Zero Discrimination’. Five organisations participated in the competition: namely: Savannah Beach Hotel; Government Information Service; National Housing Corporation; Barbados Agricultural Management Corporation and  the Ministry of Housing. After an...