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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 disclosed the details of this new initiative. 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.  

She 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.

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.
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