Call for National Employment Programme registration

registerMinister for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs, Dr. Collin McIntyre, has urged interested Dominicans to register for the National Employment Programme, which is set to be launched on Monday, December 2, 2013.

Over 400 Dominicans will be engaged by government in direct employment initiatives by the programme.

At a press briefing on Tuesday McIntyre stated that the National Employment Programme demonstrates government’s seriousness towards creating employment for the people of Dominica.

He dismissed large figure promises of employment by “novice political leaders” as “unrealistic, political gimmicks.”

McIntyre said the programme empowers people through on the job training, thus giving them an opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families.

Interested people are asked to register at the Small Business and Employment Unit, located on the first floor of the Financial Centre in Roseau by Friday, November 15, 2013.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 14, 2013

    People shouldn’t have to register for a job. They should apply. So it’s more gimicks from the government.

  2. realist
    November 14, 2013

    for the benifit of a doubt.. lets say i do not know what a job training is that will help me improve myself later… it sounds like i will be training for lets say … at a mechanic work shop where i will be getting paid.. then after a year more or less i will be on my own… this sounds ok or better than nothing.. also it sounds like giving me a fishing hook to catch my own fish.. great idea.. but i dont see it as offering me a job .. a job that will last for a limited time then have to strive in this hard economy to make a living like the others who started and most business fail..(im not saying all will) in my opinion i wouldnt say you are offering me a sustainable job.. its a paid training.. survival of the fittest

  3. Listening!!!
    November 14, 2013

    This action of training and paying business to take on employees is a quick scheme. It’s another Red clinic scheme dressed up in a “Red” shirt.

    This GOVT will run this program until elections are called and stop after they win the elections because this type of program is not sustainable.

    Folks will be un-employed again because the private business would not have grown from this Red Elephant and as a consequence continual economic declined.

    The GOVT needs to focus on creating an environment for private business to grow so the businesses can create sustainable employment.

  4. True justice
    November 14, 2013

    It is rather unfortunate for almost 13 years only
    now this government is trying to creat jobs for young people this is just for a short time my people this will not last “mark my words”

  5. Josh Shaw
    November 14, 2013

    One thing eh Linton and his crew hit them where it hurts eh! For so long all we have bee hearing is loss of jobs now all of a sudden they under pressure magical job opportunities are appearing!

  6. futuristic
    November 14, 2013

    pple its not about i hate labour, but anyone can see that this makes no sense. this government is always investing in projects that are not sustainable and bring nothing to the country. y not invest this money in a project that will last at least 5 years or a project that is going to keep money in the country. young pple are going to be employed for at least a year save their money and leave the country to look for jobs elsewhere. poor job creation strategy very very poor. no creativity

  7. uhmmmmm
    November 14, 2013

    As a company I want to bring a business to Dominica where more than 400 people can be employed but…. they playing politics

  8. mnmmm
    November 14, 2013

    i going to register and i hope this is not a lie

  9. Jail-corrupt-leaders
    November 14, 2013

    Linton take all u hands down with the employment issue :lol:

  10. jadian
    November 14, 2013

    Only Dominican can register?

    • November 14, 2013

      Go to Tortola and St. Maarten and other Countries to find out who would be FIRST IN LINE to get THEIR JOBS.

  11. Anonymous
    November 14, 2013

    I hope all the folks within the employment age that do not have a job sign up.
    Where did the number 400 come from. Is that a target, or estimate, or those already signed up?
    i thought there were more than 400 kids leaving college and high school each year.

    • November 14, 2013

      You should know that not every kid out of college will get a job instantly. You should also know that there are people out there MORE QUALIFIED than those graduating from college? Did you know that having an AA, BA, or any other degree is NOT the same as HANDS ON EXPERIENCE?

      Talking from experience, I have an AA in Accounting and I have been told “we are seeking individuals with “HANDS ON” EXPERIENCE”. I have a Diploma in WordProcessing and I have yet to obtain a WordProcessing job.

      Good luck to all trying.

  12. Glanvillia
    November 14, 2013

    Boom here is the 400 jobs promised in September. (lol)Tickle me Elmo. Anything to buy a vote whether or not it makes sense.

    All these desperate acts lead to nothing when businesses are not making money. The economy is dead. The growth engine of the economy must be given the platform to create jobs. Putting band aid on a severely infected ” bo bo” with gangrene is simply bad, mischievous and incompetent practice by people in government.

    So they have no idea how to grow and develop the economy but they must do or say anything to remain in power. While I will not discourage the young people from engaging the program I must caution the young people that they must not be fooled by this vote buying scheme. Be pragmatic. If there were REAL employment possibilities businesses in Dominica would employ and train young people for the jobs. The question that must be asked is whether this is a sustainable program.

    As for me I am old enough to know that this is definitely another deceitful attempt by this government to create diversion and smoke screen. In their desperation the government is trying to get to Guadeloupe by heading to Scotts Head.

    • Anonymous
      November 14, 2013

      Do nothing you All complain;do some thing is the same talk.Seems like the only time things are ok is only when it’s done by you ALL(UWPEAS).What a bunch of HATERS you ALL are!

      November 14, 2013

      Do nothing you ALL complain;don’t do anything is the same talk from you ALL(UWPEAS)haters.Seems like the only time things are good or right is only when it’s done by you all in the opposition.

    • Just Blaze
      November 14, 2013

      I agree with you 100% I’m still no hearing any strategy that will create business in Dominica. And get more companies to hire. Programs like that make no sense. Train people for jobs and after they train they have nowhere to apply what they learn. The problem is not lack of training is lack of jobs.

      I hope the UWP blast that on the media instead of dwelling on who is the president.

      • November 14, 2013

        @Just Blaze, if you are in a position to create jobs, why do you not create some?

  13. cola fig
    November 14, 2013

    I’m going to register and I waiting………I do hope this will come to fluision

  14. Too hot to handle
    November 14, 2013

    So mr Collins what happens to Dominica Youth Division are u closing down this unit I know they train people for the job market also so if we register with this new program how will it affect the Youth Division just asking

  15. Dominican Woman
    November 14, 2013


  16. artfield
    November 14, 2013

    Are there any chances of people getting employed through this program?

  17. Malgraysa
    November 14, 2013

    Is that how you create 400 jobs? Don’t you think that if these openings really exist our business people would have been hiring already? This is artificial. And since Govt. is picking up the bill I’m now wondering how they will decide which businesses will benefit from this free labour. Are they buying favours in the business community also? BVoy, devious minds work in devious ways.

    • haha
      November 14, 2013

      Existing businesses harldy hire new employees anymore cause everybody streamlining/downsizing…even if they need the labour they rather squeeze it out of a few employees to maximise profits. Thats why these people salary will be paid by the government….THINK!

      • Malgraysa
        November 14, 2013

        I have been thinking and all I can think is that this is political campaigning financed by the tax payer. through the back door.

    November 14, 2013


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