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10,000 cruise ship jobs for Jamaicans

From June 5, 10,000 Jamaicans will be recruited to work on overseas cruise ships, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said.

Bartlett, speaking to reporters following a function at the Montego Bay Convention Center on May 27, said the massive recruitment drive comes at a time when the cruise industry and tourism, by extension, are showing signs of growth and is a telling indicator that Jamaican workers are viewed positively on the world stage.

“This is a very big deal and a sign that cruise shipping is back,” the minister said.

“Cruise lines can hire anywhere, and committing to hire 10,000 of our compatriots is a sure sign of the trust they place in our workers. We’re talking about chefs, bellboys, housekeepers …of sailors in general…pretty much in any department,” he added.

The minister stressed that recruitment will be handled by the cruise line operators and Jamaicans only need a clean criminal record and good health.

“Dozens of Jamaicans work on major cruise lines… have been traveling around the world for decades. Our workers have excelled in every way imaginable, and cruise lines have taken notice. The best is yet to come because as soon as the cruise industry opens up more, you will see more of our people being recruited,” he said.

Bartlett said that in recent discussions with cruise officials, Jamaica continues to be a top choice country when it comes to hiring workers, adding that “our work ethic and iconic stature are well known and will always give us that preferential advantage anywhere in that region. ”.

Most major cruise lines have recently launched a global worker recruitment drive, with Jamaica, based on numbers, being one of the highest on their list.

This is not surprising, given that dozens of workers have been plying their trade for decades aboard mega-liners owned by Carnival and Royal Caribbean, from which they have contributed immensely to Jamaica’s economy.

Bartlett said the fact that these workers have made such significant contributions over the years to their country of birth would automatically qualify them for the newly created pension schemes for tourism workers.

They have, for years, made significant contributions in the form of remittances. They returned much-needed foreign currency to the local economy and were the source of stability for many families,” he added.