PM: “60 percent of the labour market has not attained secondary school education”

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PM: “60 percent of the labour market has not attained secondary school education”

With the high unemployment rate on the island, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony believes there is an urgent need for proactive measures to strengthen private investment to absorb the pool of unemployed workers.

Delivering his 2013 Budget Address on Tuesday evening, under the theme “An Agenda For Economic Growth and Fiscal Sustainability” the country’s leader explained that unemployment data suggest that a large number of people have remained unemployed for extended periods. In addition, a large number of individuals are unable to find jobs which match their skills.

He said: “The results of Saint Lucia’s Labour Market Needs Assessment, undertaken in the final quarter of 2012, revealed that 60 percent of the labour market has not attained secondary school education and therefore do not have the requisite skills required for gainful employment. Also underscored was the mismatch of the skills set for the available jobs in the labour market. Currently, only three percent of the population is employed as technicians and associate professionals. However, there is a far greater demand for such individuals to partake in the reorganisation and expansion of businesses. Similarly, craft and related work account for only two percent of the employed population while significant demand exists for such workers.”

Dr. Anthony believes that central to dealing with the issue of unemployment is the need to train workers to meet these demands. In addition, increasing the pool of talent in these deficient areas will increase competition and could lead to increased quality and productivity.

“This, in essence, is the route towards igniting our hidden growth potential and taking Saint Lucia up the development ladder. The task ahead is certainly challenging but if we as a country commit ourselves to deal with the persistent problems in a strategic and structured way, there is no doubt that we can emerge from the current situation a stronger and better country. Periods of economic hardship must be used to tackle and correct our weaknesses, structural and otherwise,” he added.

The prime minister stressed that the goal of government is to seek cooperative strategies to address the pressing issues of anemic growth, high unemployment and high debt, while maintaining social stability and cohesion.

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  1. Universal education is on its 5 th year ppl. They are talking about people who are currently employed

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  2. The prime minister stressed that the goal of government is to seek cooperative strategies to address the pressing issues of anemic growth, high unemployment and high debt, while maintaining social stability and cohesion.
    well it is your your job Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to create jobs so that the parents can afford to send the children to school to get that higher education to solve
    the labor market issue that is in st Lucia.
    take a look at the people that is working in st Lucia and get pay from a overseas account
    its right there in marigot bay the English man who want to Privates want to take money out of st Lucian mouth,This is why st Lucia has so much crime and poverty. think about it Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony believes there is an urgent need for to take action to prevent this from happen,

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  3. Ok now I'm confused! Now how would this be possible with the "so called" claim of Universal Secondary Education :s Does not make sense. So that means students are not going to school then.

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  4. our youth are not motivated because of the current situation with the labour market. they know that when they finish school there are no jobs available for them or they may not even be able to further their education after secondary school. they have given up hope, they dont even try anymore.
    trinidad, barbados, guyana and other islands have actually invested in their people, providing schools, free education and jobs for their citizens. we have monroe college but to be honest it is cheaper to study abroad. however in st lucia whenever a good position becomes available we are quick to fill it up with a foreigner. we have people in good jobs working till they're 100 years, not making space for those leaving school to take on these positions.
    many educated st lucians work overseas because it is sad on this island. the youth have figured this out so they've given up.
    unfortunately it impacts on crime but thats another story.

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  5. Some how that does not add up if according to the education ministry only about 15% of secondary age persons don't go to school....and even having only 4 CXC's or even GCE's ...The figure's are begging explanation and admonition upon whom is responsible.

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  6. Sadly it could also read as 60 percent of the labour market has not attained secondary school education and therefore do not have the requisite skills required to elect anyone intelligent.

    This is why st lucia has so much crime and poverty. People who are not equipped to look after themselves are in no position to bring another life into the world.

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