Job fair numbers no negative reflection

Acting Minister of Tourism Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner has dismissed suggestions that having approximately 4,000 job seekers show up for the Sandals’ job fair at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre reflected negatively on the employment situation in Barbados.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Irene Sandiford-Garner.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Irene Sandiford-Garner.

Saying that she was “shocked but pleasantly surprised” at the turn out, Sandiford-Garner said it simply meant there was still a large number of Barbadians who were very much interested in working in the tourism industry.

“The job situation everywhere in the world is a tough one. You have millions of people being laid off everywhere else in the world so I don’t know that Barbados could be any exception,” she told reporters.

“We are 166 square miles with about 300,000 persons with only about 50,000 of them eligible to work. We have an economy that does not have any manufacturing element. We don’t export anything [and] we are not planting anything. Therefore, you will find that there are some jobs that people will gravitate towards and we need to now examine how we view employment because all of these people will never be employed in one chain.

“I think that we, as Barbadians, need to sit down and seriously think about the fact that self-employment definitely will be the avenue that many of us will have to take. So I don’t know that it says anything negative about the employment situation here. It just speaks to the reality of the global situation,” added Sandiford-Garner.

Stories of people who have been out of work for long periods were the order of the day at the job fair.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY while waiting to be interviewed, 28-year-old Kera Thompson said she has been unemployed for the past five years and was hoping she would be successful.

“I applied to a lot of places and I haven’t gotten any answer so I am hoping that I get through with something here today,” she said, adding that she worked in the hotel industry before.

Ryan Charles, 30, has been out of work for the past year and four months. He said with his experience at front desk in the hotel industry it was his hope that he could get a job with Sandals in the same position or as a bellman.

Meanwhile, Leslie-Ann Hutson, who worked seasonally with retail store Cave Shepherd and has been out of work since last month, told Barbados TODAY she was “looking for something that is more permanent”.

She expected the fair would have attracted a lot of people so she arrived at 8 am, but was surprised at how quickly the crowds swelled.

26 Responses to Job fair numbers no negative reflection

  1. Santini More
    Santini More October 8, 2014 at 6:50 am

    The good news is that Bajans want to work. The bad news is that due to the policies of this incompetent Government, more and more Bajans are finding themselves unemployed as businesses fold or downsize.

  2. David Bowen
    David Bowen October 8, 2014 at 6:57 am

    The response of a classical idiot. Don’t she know that if the SSA holds a job fair they will probably get the same response?

  3. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick October 8, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Why was she at the jOB fair in the first place

  4. Randy Hartman
    Randy Hartman October 8, 2014 at 7:06 am

    4000 people at a job fair pushing and fighting?? seems like desperation times to me.. but once she was “shocked but pleasantly PLEASANTLY surprised” all is well in idiot ville.. just put it on the “world” recession again.. man the IMF couldnt have a better bunch of a55es ‘governing’ as they pillage and plunder Barbados econmically..

  5. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson October 8, 2014 at 7:09 am

    It does show up negative on Barbados don’t care what education back ground you have you still cant get work with this present government at the realm

  6. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis October 8, 2014 at 7:22 am

    …seriously???… reflects what exactly?…btw way I don’t live outside the world as you politicians like to say…I live here in BARBADOS…stop trying to justify your nonsense with your asinine comments

  7. Kimberley Cadogan
    Kimberley Cadogan October 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

    The government which she is apart of just laid off thousands yet she is shocked at the response………seriously

  8. Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne
    Marsha Peppa Fly Hinds-Layne October 8, 2014 at 8:00 am

    We have to look to become self employed…while the self employed look to fortify their businesses with tidy parliamentary secretary salary.

    Why doesn’t Mrs. Garner go back to running her laundry while demitting her political pick so that that money can be divided into about 4 and used to provide entry level jobs for Barbadians??

    I do not believe in giving advice that I myself would not take..

  9. Michele Monique Antoinette
    Michele Monique Antoinette October 8, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Everytime she opens her mouth my positive impressions of her intelligence decreases #shethinkwestupid

  10. Michele Monique Antoinette
    Michele Monique Antoinette October 8, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Everytime she opens her mouth my positive impressions of her intelligence decreases #shethinkwestupid

  11. Steve Crawford
    Steve Crawford October 8, 2014 at 8:15 am

    No negative reflection on who or what? The economy is not capable of generating jobs is an obvious inference

  12. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins October 8, 2014 at 8:19 am

    The people standing there was a reflection of a day at the PARTY STAND. This is a classic example of “yuh can’t fix stupid”. SMDH!!!!

  13. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith October 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

    hmm trying to digest what the Acting Minister is saying … I think I have indigestion …

  14. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves October 8, 2014 at 8:38 am

    man no man dem got me loss fa words now

  15. Fabian Dottin
    Fabian Dottin October 8, 2014 at 8:42 am

    She is d Bajan form of Sarah Palin

  16. Jon-ross Johnson
    Jon-ross Johnson October 8, 2014 at 8:57 am

    look she better becareful she do not get rob again

  17. Anika D Benj
    Anika D Benj October 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

    4000 people for 600 jobs!!! do the math people!! and that was just day one!

  18. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne October 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Look and see all those who are out front talking,they are not elected no seat to loose,the elected are in hiding,when it’s time to vote they can say. It wasn’t me so short memory bajans can be fooled AGAIN.

  19. Colette Felix
    Colette Felix October 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

    She is a complete moron

  20. Alleyna Brathwaite
    Alleyna Brathwaite October 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Sometimes I have such an urge to call the Lords’ Name in vain when I hear these politians talk!!! Jesus have mercy on my soul!! And then she talking about self employment is a good way to go….hmmm with all the taxes that this government got yuh paying, disposable income is something bajans don’t have at their pleasure, so they spending it where necessary, so self-employed persons gonna still rush to a job fair to see if they can get permanent employment, because d scrap change dem getting isn’t enough!!

  21. Ellie Brown
    Ellie Brown October 8, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Share the lies!

  22. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens October 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Will someone tell this buffoon that the workforce is 101 000. Yes we understand that her government is responsible for 20 000 being unemployed but please ask the idiot to check her facts and figures before making such asinine statements. She is an embarrassment to our country.

  23. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens October 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    How many more stupid things can this idiot say? It’s better to do like Freundel and just shut up. YOU ARE A MAJOR EMBARRASSMENT. You ought to be ashamed at what your government has reduced a once proud people to…SHAME ON YOU! Maybe you should’ve been in the queue from 5:30 am waiting for a job to see how it really felt, instead of living off the now starving calf. YOU BUFFOON!

  24. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves October 8, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    can we really take 3 more years of mismanagement?


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