Who says there are no jobs available locally. This past Sunday’s newspapers indicate that it is not the availability of jobs that may be the problem but the availability of sufficiently skilled or interested workers.
A number of vacancies were advertised in the last Sunday’s newspapers. One organization was requesting an accounts clerk. Interestingly, they were not asking specifically for qualifications or experience in accounting. The requirements included a sound secondary education, a police clearance and two references.
Another organization required two accounts clerks. Interestingly, the bar has been significantly raised here. The jobs require applicants to have five subjects at the CSEC of which Mathematics, English and Accounts are compulsory. The candidate is also expected to be matured and be familiar with sales software.
There were also a number of vacancies for drivers, all of which required the obvious. The applicants must have a valid driver’s licence. There were also a number of vacancies for security officers, both male and female, with minimal entry requirements.
One company which specializes in heavy duty machinery wants a sale representative who must have a diploma in mechanical or electrical engineering and must be familiar with Microsoft Office. Yet another firm wanted an administrative intern who must have six subjects at the CXC examinations.
A major hardware firm advertised for tally clerks, a customer broker and a mechanic.
If you are interested in becoming a battery technician you need a sound education, a police clearance and two references. And if you have a degree in chemistry and two years working experience in a laboratory, then you may be eligible for a job in a major manufacturing establishment.
The US Peace Corps has also advertised for a number of facilitators all of whom are required to have a first degree. They are also in need of drivers. In seems quite a few places need drivers.
An establishment is looking for a secretary, a fast food supervisor, a receptionist. Office staff, pastry maker and roti cool, cooks, a cashier and yes, a driver.
A major department store needs a manager who must be a holder of a degree in business administration/management or a related discipline or possess a diploma in business administration.
Those in the education sector will find job openings at a major secondary school in Guyana where the Board had advertised for some teaching vacancies. That same department store has a vacancy for a management trainee. And the list goes on.
On almost every page on the newspaper there are vacancies advertised and there are other vacancies also advertised in the classified ads.
The fact is that these vacancies are not the only ones available. Only a small percentage of vacancies are ever advertised. Most companies do not advertise and so there are many vacancies out there.
The question is whether there are sufficiently skilled persons to fill these positions. Quite a few employers have confessed to difficulties in attracting the ideal candidates. Others have complained that many applicants are highly qualified but find it difficult to perform on the job.
There are many jobs available but quite a few persons are not interested in seeking employment. Some prefer to work with themselves, believing that if they are their own boss that somehow this independence translates to success even though some of them sit in front of the businesses all day and never register a sale or attract a demand for their services.
Then there are those Guyanese who simply do not wish to work because they have no need to work. Some relative overseas is providing them with the latest attire and that freck every month which makes it unnecessary to go out and work.
And when some of them are asked why they are not gainfully employed, they complain how the economy is in problems and jobs are not there. But offer them a few hundred dollars to wash you car and see how they will turn up their faces.
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