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Bermudians must step up their game when it comes to employment Michael Dunkley

It doesn’t matter how many job creation programmes Government comes up with, the people of Bermuda have to be ready to work.

This is the view of Senator Michael Dunkley who has spoken out about Bermudians having the wrong attitude to work.

The One Bermuda Alliance Senate leader criticised those who turn up late and spent more time on their cellphones than working.

He said it was even more crucial for workers to be “the best of the best” as businesses had to be even more competitive because of the economic downturn. Mr Dunkley’s comments came as he discussed job creation as the central focus of Premier Paula Cox’s agenda for the new parliamentary year.

He praised the Throne Speech for the Job Corps education and training and training programme and the Tri 30 work experience programme. But Sen Dunkley then told the Senate that the programmes would do little to tackle the Country’s unemployment unless people were “prepared and ready to work”.

He said: “Many of our people want to work, but they aren’t prepared to work.

“They can’t make time, they can’t dress for work as they have baggy pants hanging down and wear their hats sideways. Then when they get to work the first thing they do is get on their cellphone.

“And people can’t come to work and bring another excuse like, I had a heavy night last night, it was my birthday and I had too many.”

Mr Dunkley said people had turned up at his own company saying: “I’m looking for a job, I want a job.” He said they then indicated that they were “ready to work”.

But when the hopeful candidates were invited to interviews they would slump in their chair or “not dress to impress”. Mr Dunkley said he had even seen someone’s cellphone go off in a job interview.

He said: “Every business and every person is feeling the effects of the economy. They are looking for people who are ready to work.

“Employers are looking for the best of the best if we are in a competitive environment.”

Mr Dunkley added that he was trying to be constructive rather than critical, as he wanted to help the Island move forward.

He said: “If we could all stand up ready to conquer the world, we would be in a better place.”

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Published November 25, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 25, 2011 at 7:19 am)

Bermudians must step up their game when it comes to employment Michael Dunkley

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