MARIGOT–Five St. Martin students ages 18-25 will be departing for Normandy, France, on November 22 to join luxury hotel and restaurant Group Barrière, where they will embark on a hospitality training course in one of the properties starting November 26. The group has five-star Hotel Carl Gustaf in St. Barths.
The five selected students are Dieunuka Laborde, Trini Lake, Andre Honoré, Cassandra James and Kenrick Francilette who were presented to the media by Préfète Déléguée Sylvie Feucher at a press conference in the Employment Office (Pôle Emploi).
The students already have experience in restaurants and were highly motivated by the potential benefits the course will offer.
The course has been made possible through an initiative begun by the Préfète, who said she had been contacted by L’Agence de L’Outre Mer pour la Mobilité (LADOM) in Normandy in September proposing an exchange with St. Martin and an opportunity to train with Groupe Barrière. It turned out to be a similar project to one in which she had been involved previously with French Guiana.
She in turn asked the Employment Office to interview possible students for the course. Three interview sessions were held with up to 60 persons applying. Following all the interviews, a short list of 10 potential candidates was made up. They in turn had to be interviewed via video link by the Groupe Barrière Human Resources Director. Finally, just five of the candidates were selected.
Cost of the year-long training course for the students and their accommodation in France has been financed by the Employment Office in partnership with the State. The students will receive a stipend of 700 euros per month.