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Jangle October 14th, 2019 11:30 AM

Tourism, the reservoir of Low Skill Jobs
Translators, interpreters needed for conference industry

Associate language professor at the University of Technology, Jamaica, Dr Rohan Lewis has asserted that Jamaica needs a larger corps of translators and interpreters.

“One of the economic ministries is looking at the expansion of the tourism market into the area of conferencing. If you are marketing Jamaica as a destination for conferences and international meetings, one of the things that goes with that is a translation sector that is able to deal with meeting that need,” he said.

Assasin October 14th, 2019 01:21 PM

As mi say long time Tourism should be taught in school. Every student who get a good grade in Language Art should be taught other languages. This is a pathway to not only tourism but opportunities in other areas.

Don1 October 14th, 2019 07:44 PM

Wow! Translators & Interpreters!!!

Translators, interpreters needed for conference industry
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! :icon_bravo: :icon_bravo: :clap2: :clap2: :bow: :bow: :Head_in_hand:

Sir X October 14th, 2019 08:17 PM

Bwoooy mi affi wonda if dem mad ,cant blame this on the weed.:Head_in_hand:

Don1 October 15th, 2019 10:56 AM

Cluelessness Abounds

Originally Posted by Sir X (Post 601951)
Bwoooy mi affi wonda if dem mad ,cant blame this on the weed.:Head_in_hand:

Yuhseeit -- The fact that some consider the article significant just reflects a lack of understanding of 21st century realities :Head_in_hand:

If this sub-sector gets off the ground what are we looking forward to... 2-3 dozen jobs for translators??? :Head_in_hand:

Yes one has to be well trained for this to do it well....but do evolved folks consider such jobs to be "high-level" 21st century occupations?? :Head_in_hand:

Are folks aware that they're hand-held translators for consumers now? And that conference translation will shortly be powered by AI?...Soon to be faster, more accurate and at a fraction of the cost of human services ? :Head_in_hand:

Cluelessness abounds for sure...Jah help JA... which is becalmed in a Sea of Ignorance :Head_in_hand:

Sir X October 15th, 2019 11:03 AM

Some people just comfortable with the same ole, same ole and putting it in a new box with a different name to sell it,is what they call progress.

Jangle October 15th, 2019 12:18 PM

While the grass grows, the cow starves.

Assasin October 15th, 2019 01:41 PM

If you can speak 3 languages you triple your chance of finding a good job even if you are in technology or IT.

Sir X October 15th, 2019 02:46 PM

Don say 2 to 3 dozen jobs for translators if we embark on that madness,I say probably half a dozen,if wi lucky.

Assasin October 15th, 2019 04:16 PM

check out the conference industry and how translators are needed. Translators with a little education and willing to travel are not short of work.

Sir X October 15th, 2019 04:23 PM

Yuh a sample .

Don1 October 15th, 2019 07:56 PM


Originally Posted by Assasin (Post 601958)
If you can speak 3 languages you triple your chance of finding a good job even if you are in technology or IT.

Woooiiieee 😂😂🤣 Mi spleen!!!

Sir X October 15th, 2019 08:44 PM

Man draw a US labor statistics and apply it to Jamaica,do we have Spanish immigrants flooding our borders in need of translators, do we have a school system ,health care or penal system in need of bilingual spanish translators. English is the language of business on the international scene,if we need translators that bad,grab one a dem Spanish manager from the Spanish hotel and gi im a smalls.


Don1 October 15th, 2019 08:50 PM


Originally Posted by Assasin (Post 601961)
check out the conference industry and how translators are needed. Translators with a little education and willing to travel are not short of work.

Yuteman the really important “foreign languages” it’s IMPERATIVE for 1000s of Jamaicans to master include C, C++, Java, Python and other software languages.

Coding is now virtually 21st Century literacy. You don’t appear to understand this reality :Head_in_hand:

Since those languages are so critical of course one never hears the typical Jamaican like yourself speak of having our kids learn them en masse :Head_in_hand:

This fascination with translators is a nonsensical sideshow by comparison. Cluelessness abounds 😱

Sir X October 15th, 2019 08:54 PM

Stem up ,mi say ! And Stem dem up.:icon_bravo:

Don1 October 16th, 2019 12:17 AM

Reality is slowly dawning on a few people
Many of the jobs currently being created in the Jamaican economy are comparable to the same low value-added ones produced two decades ago, according to the governor of the Bank of Jamaica, the BOJ.

Thank goodness for them because they are jobs, and the people getting them didn’t have any before,” said Richard Byles. “But they are the same jobs that we produced 20 years ago, whether it is in the hotel sector (or) the BPO business. It’s the same kind of low value-added.” :Head_in_hand: :character0053:

Assasin October 16th, 2019 09:48 AM

Imagine if you can code and then have 3 foriegn languages inna your bag. LOL!!

Brethren while I support coding wholeheartedly and have done that, it is not for everyone and also there are many people walking around with coding languages that are not desired in today's world. If you are talking future C and c+ are just the tip of the iceberg.

It is not just as simple as you make it out. Again I support coding and technology as a whole but there are other avenues that we can make money in and should be persuaded.

Assasin October 16th, 2019 09:55 AM

you can laugh all you want, it is the reality.

Jangle October 16th, 2019 11:25 AM

Tourism and hospitality, number 1 choice for investment in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC)-commissioned business and consumer confidence indices, for the third quarter of the year, indicate that the tourism and hospitality industry show the highest interest for businesses to invest as it generates more significant returns.

“In the last 3 ½ years, tourism arrivals has grown by 33 per cent and revenue has grown by nearly 90 per cent. This growth has caused a huge impact on GDP (Gross Domestic Product), in terms of the contribution that the tourism industry is making. In these three years, we have moved from 7.2 per cent to 9 per cent in 2017,” Bartlett added.

Jangle October 16th, 2019 11:34 AM

450 more trainees graduate from JCTI today

ANOTHER 450 hospitality workers, who have been trained and certified by the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation (JCTI), will graduate from the institution today.

The ceremony is slated for Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, and will bring to 640 the total number of graduates since the facility was established in 2017, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said.

Bartlett emphasised that a highly trained hospitality labour force will bolster competitiveness and employment opportunities for workers, particularly at the supervisory and management levels.

“This [training] is important for workers, to give you quality middle staff. We went to the high schools for the first time in our history, and, last year, we started in the fifth and sixth forms at 33 schools across Jamaica. For the first time, [come] May 2020, we will have 640 Jamaican high school students with associate degrees, ready for entry level into the tourism industry,” he said.

Bartlett reiterated that the ministry, in partnership with The University of the West Indies, will establish its first-ever Graduate School of Tourism in Montego Bay by 2020.

Bartlett said the push to undertake the highest level of training in tourism is designed to “enable us to respond and to be nimble in terms of the digital transformation that is taking place in the industry today”.

Assasin October 16th, 2019 01:37 PM

no say nothing. Gwaan Barlett, no stop at all.

Sir X October 16th, 2019 01:44 PM

That's all we have ,serving people in,20 years Im say the skill set nuh change,a lie more like a 60.

Sir X October 16th, 2019 01:46 PM

True,the USA reality,when jamaican citizens get a bly to apply for those jobs to compete with the rest of the U.S labor market let me know .

Assasin October 16th, 2019 03:55 PM


US have more tourism and service sector job than most places in the world.

Do your research. It doesn't get old, it is about the target, the market also ownership.

Jangle October 16th, 2019 05:05 PM

Boss it’s best you stick with a subject that you’re more familiar with....Weed. You obviously have no idea of just how big and lucrative the convention tourism market is. I’ve always said that Jamaicans like you and Don One have a very narrow view about tourists and tourism. You hear the word tourism and you automatically think about fat, white Americans lying on the beach being served by locals. As I’ve said before, STEM and tourism are not mutually exclusive. The convention tourism market and STEM go hand in hand.

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