OECS labour officials and statisticians prepare for introduction of Labour Market Information System

A two-week training course to support the introduction of a new Labour Market Information System for members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

News | 26 September 2011
Port of Spain (ILO News) A two-week training course to support the introduction of a new Labour Market Information System for members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) got underway on 19 September 2011 at the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperatives, Trinidad and Tobago. The training is being offered jointly by the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies and ILO Office for the Caribbean.

Statisticians, Labour Officers and Systems Administrators of Labour Ministries and Departments from the OECS will upgrade their statistical and information technology skills to support the introduction of the System in their respective countries.

The new System has been implemented successfully in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines since April 2011.

Speaking at the Opening Ceremony on 19 September 2011, the Honourable Errol McLeod, Minister of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development, said that the "training was aimed at developing and strengthening national labour market information systems to generate timely, reliable and internationally-comparable labour statistics for use by governments, policy-makers, employers and trade union."

"As globalization, free trade and regional integration advance, there is an increased demand for readily available labour market information. Labour, but particularly income and employment indicators are critical in analyzing economic and social progress at both the macro and micro enterprise levels. Without these, no meaningful assessment of development performance is complete," Minister McLeod continued.

The Labour Market Information System consists of two related but distinctive information systems. One component is the software system that computerizes key operations or procedures of the Department of Labour while the other component is an internet-based dissemination system.

The development of the Labour Market Information System is a central aspect of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the ILO and the OECS Secretariat in 2008 and one of the priorities of the Decent Work Programmes of the OECS. It builds on the foundations of the Caribbean Labour Market Information System project that was managed by Mr. Reynold Simons, ILO Senior Specialist for Employment and Labour Market Policies from 2001-2004. The System will be particularly relevant to the specific provisions allowing for the free movement of people within the OECS Economic Union.