ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, with support from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) and technical support from the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Decent Work Team and office for the Caribbean, is facilitating training for the CLMIS technical task force (representatives from central statistics offices, departments of labour and national insurance agencies) from 5 – 9 May 2014 in Grenada.
This is to help ensure that members of the CLMIS technical task force understand their key roles and responsibilities.
The LAS/CLMIS System Administrators/Statisticians for the OECS are expected to acquire the following skillsets after the course:
A. IT skillset
1. Perform the day-to-day maintenance of the DoL computer network running Windows Server 2008 and the CLMIS website;
2. Supervise the use of the CLMIS software by the DoL staff to ensure the integrity of the system, produce output from the DoL databases and provide some assistance if necessary;
B. Statistics skillset:
1. Perform basic descriptive statistical procedures using spread sheets (refresh existing knowledge and related computer skills);
2. Acquire a basic understanding of 1) Labour Statistics and 2) basic concepts, classifications and format used in the standardised CLMIS tables and the sources for these.
Sean Curtis Mathurin, coordinator for the OECS labour market information system project said that, by deploying the LAS/CLMIS, the participating countries’ labour administrative records will be computerised for enhanced efficiency of the labour department and timely provision of labour market information. The CLMIS Technical Task Force will regularly produce an agreed set of labour market indicators and use the CLMIS to disseminate these indicators.
The LAS/CLMIS system introduces a certain level of standardisation of the processing of cases handled by the departments of labour (DoL). Standardisation is essential for electronically storing and maintaining the related standardised labour administrative records (LAR). The LAS/CLMIS has the potential to become the system of preference in the 22 ILO member states of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.
The LAS/CLMIS will support the OECS DoL in making a major breakthrough by enhancing the quality of their service delivery, the capability to design employment and labour markets interventions and the ability to monitor the impact of such policies and programmes.
The LAS/CLMIS utilises two major components to achieve this:
1. The LAS/CLMIS labour administration application (LapAdminAp) is the application that standardises the departments of labour’s major reporting procedures and introduces a supporting software package. Current modules include procedures to handle and report on complaints handling, dispute resolution, labour inspections, and various other employment and occupational safety and health (OSH) related operations. The core of the system is a centralised national labour administration database (NLAD) that assists labour administration officers and managers to process, report on, or monitor all on-going labour administration procedures in real time. Users can generate and print automated letters, statements, the status of cases, statistical and workflow tables.
2. The second major component of the LAS/CLMIS is a web-based dissemination system for labour market information (LMI). This application allows the participating producers of labour market information to disseminate a nationally agreed package of LMI to the public via the internet.
Support is being provided under the project, Economic Integration and Trade of the OECS region. That project, which is being administered by the OECS Secretariat, is being financed out of resources from the 10th EDF regional programme, and seeks to contribute to the establishment of the OECS Economic Union as a single economic and financial space through the development of a harmonized policy, legislative, regulatory and administrative framework, and the enhancement of the institutional capacity and export competitiveness of OECS economies.