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Grange calls for more women to be employed in construction industry

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has called for more women to be employed in the construction industry.

Addressing a ground-breaking ceremony for The Lofts Apartments, on Arthur Wint Drive, in St Andrew today, the minister said fewer than 5,000 women are hired in the industry, which employs more than 119,000 individuals.

“We have to change that as we work to build Jamaica. In this mission, we cannot afford to overlook the economic potential of half of our country's population,” Grange told the audience.

The minister said action taken by the community-based Construction Collective in 1983 has enabled women to gain notable qualifications in construction from the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) and other institutions.

Grange pointed out that since the destruction of many houses by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, more disaster-resistant homes have been built.

Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, said with expansion taking place in several areas of commerce, The Lofts project is a “noteworthy” addition to the Corporate Area.

In his speech, read by minister without Portfolio in the Ministry, Daryl Vaz, Dr Chang stressed that the Government is entering a number of private-public partnerships to ensure that Jamaicans have access to affordable houses.

The 128-unit development is being done by West Indies Home Contractors (WIHCON) Limited.


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