Study financing offered for construction training abroad

~ Registration Friday ~

POND ISLAND–Persons interested in becoming certified and skilled in the building construction sector now have an opportunity to follow a six-month training in Trinidad to become a certified tradesman.

The Division for Study Financing, the Department of Youth and the Department of Labour Affairs and Social Services have teamed up with MIC Institute of Technology in Trinidad to provide young unemployed persons in St. Maarten with study financing, via the Netherlands-funded Studying in the Region Project, to pursue training in the building construction trades.

Persons can become certified in areas such as building construction (general), carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical installation, welding and general property maintenance. The courses are Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) level one certifications, it was stated in a press release on Monday.

A registration drive will be held on the main floor of the Government Administration Building this Friday, January 26, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Registration is open to persons ages 18-35 who are Dutch nationals or possess a permanent residence permit, have a strong interest in the construction sector, must be willing to live and study abroad temporarily, have basic literacy and math skills and preferably some years of vocational education.

Persons attending the registration drive are urged to take a valid ID or passport, diplomas or certificates and be dressed appropriately to prevent being denied entry into the building.
“During this recovery phase, these kinds of initiatives are critical to ensuring that St. Maarten bounces back from the setbacks caused by the passing of Hurricane Irma. I implore those eligible to come out and register on Friday. Your country needs you,” Education Minister Jorien Wuite said in the release.

Additional information regarding the training, can be obtained by visiting one of the following Facebook pages to view the brochure: Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs; Division for Study Financing St. Maarten; or Department of Labour Affairs and Social Services St. Maarten.

Source: The Daily Herald