Dead link... think this is the right one:http://www.7newsbelize.com/archive/09260708.htmlCanadian Company Wants 100 Belizean Meat Cuttersposted (September 26, 2007)
And while the Image Factory wanted creativity, a company in Canada wants meat cutters. So if you can’t wait around to earn that $500 art prize next year, the Department of Labour has a curious job opportunity. It’s for a meat cutter who would work in a Canadian Slaughterhouse for two years. The Canadians are looking for 100 Belizeans between the ages of 24 and 35 who are married, with less than three children, and who have a high school diploma to fill the post. It pays thirteen Canadian dollars an hour and applicants would be assisted in getting a visa. Merilyn Young, the National Coordinator of Employment and Enterprise Development explained.
Merilyn Young, Ministry of Labor
“The duties and responsibilities of the persons will be to work like ina slaughterhouse where you will be dealing with cattle and also to look at the agro-processing part of it so it is basically slaughter-housing if you want to look at it and also agro-processing.”
Why do they want Belizean meat cutters?
“Keith you have companies in Canada, for example this same company also does recruiting in other countries all over the world. One of the advantages that Belize comes with is that we speak English.”
Aren’t you taking away labor from Belize? Driving labor away?
“I think it is something that we need to look at in reference to brain drain if you want to look at it that way. This is a job for a person that is not really a skilled area, so you are not really taking away from anything.”
“I don’t think that the exportation of the labor force will create any serious damage. I think actually it will help. When you look at the salary that these people will be making, thirteen Canadian dollars is a approximately the same amount in U.S. dollars and working forty hours a week, you can’t beat that type of salary so we are encouraging Belizeans that want to improve their quality of life that is not employed, that meets the qualifications to come in and apply for it.”
Those who are interested can contact employment officers in Orange Walk, Belize City, Belmopan and San Ignacio.