GEBE signs 3-year MOU with Labour Dept. to train locals

PHILIPSBURG–Utilities Company GEBE on Tuesday signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Labour Affairs to facilitate the training and eventual possible employment of locals.

Under the MOU, GEBE will facilitate theoretical and/or practical training to further enhance the skills and competencies of the locals to prepare them for the demands of the labour market, GEBE said in a press release.

Parties will further develop activities geared towards raising awareness of the possibilities in the area of electrical and water distribution. The agreement will eventually allow GEBE to tap into the skills and competencies of the trainees and allow the company to recruit and hire the trained individuals to work. Other companies will also get an opportunity to benefit from the skills acquired by the persons.

GEBE says it recognises the importance of facilitating and stimulating job creation in St. Maarten.

Head of the Department of Labour Affairs Peggy-Ann Dros-Richardson told The Daily Herald that the department is pleased that the Government-owned company heeded the call to enter into an articulation agreement. “This is a result of two years of tireless efforts and we commend the newly appointed Managing Board for this positive step,” she said.

“It’s noteworthy as well to state that all Government-owned companies have been approached over the past two years and only NV GEBE has responded. The Department encourages the TelEm Group of Companies, the Airport and the Harbour Group of Companies to join the collective effort in working and partnering with the Department to source jobs and provide training for persons within our community. We must move from the mentality of ‘together we can’ to ‘together we will,’” she added.

Source: The Daily Herald