ST. JOHN’S–White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation announced on Sunday that it is launching two projects that will give fifty persons the opportunity to be trained as level one basic construction worker or health care assistant in the next six months.
Courses and internships will be organised in collaboration with Labour Affairs and Social Services. Further partnerships are currently being explored and will be worked out with the St. Maarten Medical Center Education Department, National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) and Milton Peters College SVOBE department. Interested persons need to register at the Government Administration Building, Department of Labour Affairs and Social Services from 2:00 to 5:00 pm Thursday, January 11.
Registration is open to persons ages 18-50 who have Dutch nationality or permanent residence in St. Maarten, are currently unemployed and have no prospect of returning to their previous job, have a strong interest and potential skills in working in the construction or health care sector, were previously employed in the tourism/hospitality/service industry, show willingness to work in a team, are physically fit, have basic literacy skills (reading and writing), and have successfully completed primary school and preferably some years of vocational education.
After registration there will be an information session and application on Wednesday, January 17.
A maximum of 20-25 participants will be admitted for each course. The training will be a combination of theory and hands-on (approximately 20-80 per cent) and will start as a full-time programme on Thursday, February 1.
The training programme will be closed off on June 29. Participants successfully attending the programme and meeting requirements will receive a monthly stipend. After successful completion they will obtain a level 1 vocational diploma issued by NIPA or St. Maarten Medical Center.
The funding for this project is part of the first funds being made available by the Dutch government after Hurricane Irma. The White & Yellow Cross has been observing the dire needs of its clients for the last months and decided to assist the most vulnerable in the community through these projects. The home repair programme for its clients, combined with investing in training and employment opportunities. will be a first step to alleviate pressure on a number of workers and families.
Interested candidates are urged to show up at the Government Administration Building on the given date and time, as this will be the only opportunity to register. They are reminded to bring their ID, passport or copy of proof of permanent residence.