Building Up The Regional Work Force is the Focus of Buildup Conference

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Guam –  Guam’s military build up will bring additional jobs opportunities to both Guam and the surrounding islands. Wednesday, businesses and government officials from the region met to talk about those new employment opportunities.

Close to 300 business men and government officials from the Guam and the region gathered today to address the amount of workers that will be needed for Guam’s build up. The build up will provide opportunities for both Guam and all islands in this region.

Chairperson of Market Research and Development Jay Merrill is the conference organizer. He says the main goal for this conference is to assemble all of the people in this region to identify how many jobs there will be, what types of jobs they are and who will fill them.

Some of those jobs may be filled with foreign workers, But Triple J Enterprises President Robert Jones says its important to hire skilled workers from this entire region first. We need to not only hire people from Guam, but we need to also hire people from Saipan, Tinian, The Marshall Islands, and FSM. There are a lot of skilled workers in this region and we really should give priority anyway.

Advance Management CEO Monty McDowell says the build up is a great opportunity for his company to expand and to hire more workers.

Merrill says they are trying to concentrate on the work force from this region and to entice workers who may have left island for the mainland to come back to Guam to fill those vacant jobs. He believes the unemployment rate will decrease and salaries will increase.

Merrill says, “As those wages increase Im sure they will draw more people out of unemployment into employment. But the problem right now, is for people to get any job there are so many people right now that have no hope or no future. Unless we consider how to maximize the employment opportunities from the build up we are losing an opportunity that has an impact for fifty years.”

 

And this is the kind of opportunity that FSM President Emanuel Mori is looking for. Mori supports the objective of this conference and hope it will benefit FSM as well as the other islands.  According to Mori, “We have a high unemployment and Guam has the opportunities. I’d like to encourage young men and women who are unemployed but unskilled to get the necessary training so they can be employable on Guam.” Mori adds training will be needed to introduce them into a different culture, become disciplined and loyal workers.

Merrill says local contractors have been extremely competitive on military construction projects around the island. He adds that those jobs are being filled by people from this region.

According to Merrill, there’s $400 million dollars set a side for construction projects planned for Micronesia over the next few years. The build up on Guam could help them prepare for their construction projects. Those jobs will be filled from the people from that region. If they get the training from the build up here, then they will be prepared for when the build up occurs in Micronesia

Merill says, The bottom line is that the conference provided information to ensure that Guam and the region’s workforce is ready and able to benefit from the buildup.”

 

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Mori says training will be needed to introduce them into a different culture, become disciplined and loyal workers.

 

Merrill says local contractors have been extremely competitive on military construction projects around the island. He adds that those jobs are being filled by people from this region.

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According to Merrill, there’s $400 million dollars set a side for construction projects planned for Micronesia over the next few years. The build up on Guam could help them prepare for their construction projects.

 

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Merill says, The bottom line is that the conference provided information to ensure that Guam and the region’s workforce is ready and able to benefit from the buildup.