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Website will give job seekers information on careers

People will have access to information on Government’s use of work permits through a database being set up in the new One Stop Career Centre.Such information will help job seekers weigh up which careers are likely to give them most opportunities, Economy Minister Patrice Minors told the House of Assembly.Work permit information will be available through an online jobs board, which will be a key feature of the One Stop opening this summer in the old Magistrates’ Court building.“The jobs board site will provide a connection with the work permits section to inform the public with respect to the number of work permits within each category and when these permits expire,” Mrs Minors said as she read her Budget brief on the Department of Labour and Training on Wednesday night.“Company names and other proprietary information will not be published on the site; however job seekers will have access to statistics, the kind of information that will help them prepare personal career development plans.”Mrs Minors told MPs the jobs board would provide online job search, career development, training information and automated assistance with creating resumes and submitting applications to employers.Employers will be able to use the facility to create company profiles and post employment openings, she said, while people will be able to search job listings from home.The One Stop will see the merging of the Career Development, Labour Relations and National Training Board sections of the Department of Labour and Training.It aims to provide a single venue to help residents with job-related issues such as unemployment, career advancement, training and wrongful dismissal.Mrs Minors said: “Persons who are looking for jobs via the One Stop Career Centre will gain improved skill sets, become more employable with a greater likelihood of getting a job and become more focused on career development rather than just getting a job.“Employers will benefit from a better quality job of seekers and have confidence in our referrals; indeed if they can recruit qualified Bermudians, it will save them money when compared to the costs of recruiting overseas.”