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Young Caribbean Males Urged To Join The Workforce


The Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Employment Services Inc. has echoed calls for young men to seek gainful employment.

Regional government and business leaders have expressed concern that more young men must be involved in constructive activities like work.

The concern has arisen amid male youth involvement in crime across the Caribbean, including deadly gun violence.

Various reports have indicated that young men who choose illegal activities over legitimate ways to earn money do so because they see profits from crime are quicker and higher.

“We’d like to echo the call for young men to join the workforce,” Caribbean Employment Services Inc. CEO Joseph Boll stated.

Boll observed that many governments have employment programmes and even online job banks to help people find suitable jobs.

His own Caribbean Employment Services is a digital recruitment firm based in Barbados that operates throughout the Caribbean.

According to the company, it exclusively works with Caribbean jobseekers, helping to connect them with top employers.

The CEO explained that job seekers could easily find available work through the company’s website, which offers free services to job seekers.

“You don’t have to dress up in a suit and go ‘hit the pavement’ if you don’t want to. You can be on your phone and find a job and start working,” Boll said.

“Opportunities are there, and we would like to urge more young men to take advantage of them,” he observed.

Boll noted that, while there is a gender gap in labor, the region generally employs more women than men.

“While it is great to see women thriving in the region, the gender gap in labour should not exist in favour of one gender or the other. Equal participation in the workforce would be an ideal outcome for everyone,” he declared.

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  1. When they keep being pushed out of every sector to make way for women who are already dominating most sectors. When women are being consciously targeting by NGOs and governments to enter male dominated industries but the same is not done on the other hand. When most employment programs, especially the free ones are exclusively for females and men are left to fend for themselves. When most free education programs are for women and men have to find a way to pay for theirs. The region will burn unless men are continue to deteriorate in society. Not to talk about the family structure and the long term viability of the region.

  2. I second the sentiments voiced by BlackShade. Add to that the Cubans who are used to displace qualified locals and never seem to leave.
    ¿Hablas inglés?

  3. Why join the workforce when it is easier to sit on a block all day and rob people?

  4. All that talk and not one job in st Lucia in the site… Tf they supposed to find work if ain’t nobody posting work..I know endless man that if they had the opportunity for a decent wage they would take it in a heartbeat.. The government acting like the public is the problem when it’s the rising cost of living and lack of job availability that got poor people out here stealing to live while they spend money on resorts to bring in tourist and them sell them everything duty free but keep raising the price on bread for poor people..

  5. It’s a constant refrain from small businesses that they can’t get RELIABLE people to work. Some males leave the job after the first paycheck. When the money runs out it will be time for the next job search. Others are more focused on their phones than the job. Still others want to come to work when they feel like it. Forget about punctuality, that’s for sissies. A quick look at the ages of people farming will give you an indication of the situation. Mind, farming is hard work but very lucrative.

    I have linked young males with prospective employers and the prospects never showed up. I eh doin dat again. Many of the characters sitting on the block are being fed by mummy. Some characters have absolutely no desire to work. Crime is much easier instead of an 8-4. Work involves too much sweating. A quick look at many of the successful young entrepreneurs, will show that that success didn’t come easy. They spent a long time under studying and having discipline to stick with their plan.

    It will be a challenge to change the male mindset. I don’t know the answers, and I don’t pretend to know. I learned a long time ago, if one has competition on the job, one must be willing to work harder than the competition. Sitting back and complaining about the rise of women will get one nowhere. A male has to take the bull by the horns and outperform…out hustle.
    Life is hard especially for the poor, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Show me a poor guy with discipline and a plan, I will show you a winner.

  6. Anyone who is willing ready and able to find LEGAL work will find it if they so desire. You may not find what you want, but you will find something. Rome was not built in a day …I remember working for peanuts 🥜 with a Bachelors Degree.

    I did not say I am going to do something ILLEGAL because I have a degree …I took the job 1/2 a loaf is better than none.…some of us want big money without sacrifice …allergic to education and refuse to go to school or even learn a trade but yet want big money …let’s be realistic can bring a horse to the water BUT you can not make it drink.

    Some men main focus in this life is on sleeping around with Mary, Dora and Doray and having kids they can not afford instead of taking inventory of themselves and their future….help yourselves men and stop running around and sleeping around…nonsense

  7. Yeah! I see them paying $3-$5 EC an hour in Martinique…not. That place should have been an opportunity to flourish. Just the same way previous St. Lucian generations have made a success of it. Instead, what do we have? More than half the foreign prisoners are from St. Lucia. Frequent raiding forays from here to loot the people’s stuff. Just bringing humiliation to the St. Lucian people who have been peacefully residing in Martinique for ages. Wages are never going to go significantly upwards because the economy can’t support it. It’s a sad fact that we are in a poor country. Barring a major oil find, massive investment or mineral discovery, St. Lucia’s climb is a slow one upwards.

  8. That problem here is partly the present Government. The last Administration allocated a handsome bit to build a Modern Hospital in the South, work begone and all was well; General Elections happened, the opposite Party won; big deal, work was expected to carry on since a Contract was in effect. Not in small minded St. Lucia, work on that Hospital was stopped, all workers were sent home, and to this day not a damn thing to carrion because of infighting with local politics. For a small Island where all should be living in harmony, there’s so much classism, racism, greed, ignorance and stupid political infighting, I think with a little more of Godliness and Prayer we would be happier.


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