In a prolonged recession from the coronavirus, The Bahamas could see job losses of -26.9% and Jamaica -24.8%. While in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, their jobs could shrink by -16.7%, -14.5% and -10.5% respectively. COVID-19’s impact on the world's labor markets is unprecedented. In the United States, 16.8 million people applied for unemployment benefits over … [Read more...] about What effects will COVID-19 have on employment in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Labour & Learning
International Workers' Day comes this year in exceptionally difficult circumstances. This day, usually of vindication and reflection, is wrapped this 2020 in a context that nobody would have been able to anticipate just a few months ago. The global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has drenched the daily lives of millions of people worldwide. And the region, of course, is … [Read more...] about How to Overcome the Hit and Go Beyond: Work After COVID-19
As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds, companies have begun to harness new and emerging technologies to reach higher levels of efficiency of production and consumption, expand into new markets, and compete for a global consumer base. These changes are causing huge shifts in the existing skill requirements for workers; and the demand for higher cognitive, technological, … [Read more...] about Supporting technology adoption through Sector Skills Councils
New technologies are rapidly changing the skills and abilities that are required in the workplace. By 2020, it is estimated that a quarter of the global workforce will have to look for a new job or radically expand their profiles to include digital and foundational skills. In the Caribbean, this challenge is pressing because some of the key sectors in economies like Jamaica and … [Read more...] about What role do employers play in developing skills for the future of work?
When we think about public services in Trinidad and Tobago, long waiting lines, poor customer service, understaffed offices and outdated technologies may come to mind. However, no one can argue that the public service isn’t vital to supporting a country’s economy, preserving the well being of its citizens (especially the most vulnerable) and maintaining order. Indeed, we often … [Read more...] about Recognizing service in the public service