OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER Tel: (758) 468.2111
Greaham Louisy Administrative Building
Waterfront, Castries Fax: (758) 45...
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER Tel: (758) 468.2111
Greaham Louisy Administrative Building
Waterfront, Castries Fax: (758) 45...
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Governmenment Of Saint Lucia Provides More Details On Cruise Ship Employment Programme 2014

The Government of Saint Lucia has provided more details on the Cruise Ship Employment Programme. Since the announcement of this programme in the 2014/2015 Budget Statement, many unemployed youth from across the island have expressed a desire to take advantage of this opportunity.
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  • 1. OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER Tel: (758) 468.2111 Greaham Louisy Administrative Building Waterfront, Castries Fax: (758) 453.7352 Saint Lucia From the desk of: Mrs. Jadia Jn. Pierre-Emmanuel, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister. Contact: (758)468-2111/ (758)285-5631 PRESS RELEASE 95/14 For Immediate Release June 5, 2014 MORE DETAILS ON CRUISE SHIP EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME The Government of Saint Lucia has provided more details on the Cruise Ship Employment Programme. Since the announcement of this programme in the 2014/2015 Budget Statement, many unemployed youth from across the island have expressed a desire to take advantage of this opportunity. On Tuesday, June 2, 2014, officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Saint Lucia Development Bank were guests on INSIDE GOVERNMENT on RSL 97, where the details of this new initiative were discussed. Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr. Alison Plummer, says the success of the pilot phase was the driving force behind the expansion of this programme. According to Dr. Plummer, "Last year, 220 persons benefited from training, assistance and employment as a result of collaboration between NICE, Springboard Training and Development and the St Lucia Development Bank. Springboard Training and Development Centre has entered into an agreement to train and recruit employees from Saint Lucia to fill non-utility positions on Carnival Cruise Lines. Having recognized the inability of many of the potential employees to meet the costs associated with taking up these jobs, Springboard approached the Government and this relationship was developed. Carnival Cruises recognizes the accreditation of this training institute and has expressed satisfaction with employees recruited in the pilot phase last year. As such, Government will make $3 million dollars available for on-lending by the St Lucia Development Bank, so more people can benefit.” The Permanent Secretary explained that the programme targets unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 35 and no employment experience or prior training is necessary. However, those wishing to gain employment must pass the certification training course offered by Springboard. After the training and certification, students will be required to undertake a medical screening where they would undergo drug testing and other basic assessment. Upon certification, students would then access the financial assistance to acquire their visas and to meet the cost of travel to Miami to begin their jobs on cruise ships.
  • 2. OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER Tel: (758) 468.2111 Greaham Louisy Administrative Building Waterfront, Castries Fax: (758) 453.7352 Saint Lucia From the desk of: Mrs. Jadia Jn. Pierre-Emmanuel, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister. Contact: (758)468-2111/ (758)285-5631 The Business Development and Marketing Manager of the Saint Lucia Development Bank, Mr. Philbert Francis, says he is pleased that the Government of Saint Lucia will expand the program. He indicated that the loan amount which is usually in the vicinity of $5,000.00 covers the training, medical, visa and one way travel costs and is granted to successful candidates who have been referred by the training institute. In order to minimize delinquency, loans are to be repaid via salary deductions, within the first six months of employment. The public is urged to contact the Springboard Training and Development Institute at 450-0198 or the Saint Lucia Development Bank at 456-7352 for more information. Recruitment for training begins on June 9, 2014. END

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