Students with their course instructors and Chamber of Commerce Director Magguy Gumbs.
MARIGOT–Eight out of twelve St. Martin youngsters who enrolled in the Certificat d’Aptitude Professionelle (CAP) course in France to learn the fishmonger trade recently obtained their diplomas, the Collectivité disclosed. Five have already signed employment contracts on July 11, 2017, and two are in the process of starting their own businesses.
The group of 12 who were selected out of an initial 25 for the “CAP Poissonerie” course facilitated by the Chamber of Commerce left in early January 2017 for Boulogne-Sur-Mer, one of the main fishing ports of France where the economy revolves around fishing and the sea.
The group learnt all about preparing fish, from the sea to cleaning, filleting and managing a fishmonger, and then onto broader aspects of the fishing industry; commercial fishing, fishing boats, etc.
The total cost of the project was 129,061 euros with European Social Funds (ESF) shouldering 71 per cent of the cost (91, 221 euros). The Collectivité contributed 20,000 euros and the Chamber of Commerce 17, 840 euros. The Chamber of Commerce selected the training center Centre de Formation aux Produits de la Mer et de la Terre (CFPMT) as well as the firm ALVI Management to accompany the students while in France. Chamber of Commerce Director Magguy Gumbs visited the group every two months to make sure all was going well, not only with the course but with the personal circumstances of the group. “The goal is to qualify the unqualified, to prepare St. Martiners for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Chamber President Jean Arnell said back in January. “Today it is fisheries but tomorrow it can be Digital Transformation. The reality is that we need young people to be qualified and professional in every sector.”