PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony says he is “elated” that another government-sponsored employment program is bearing fruit – especially one providing good and secure jobs for hundreds of saint Lucian youth.
Dr Anthony expressed his joy after another 52 Saint Lucians got jobs through the Cruise Ship Employment Program.
Last week Thursday, 31 students from the Springboard Training and Development Centre were interviewed by representatives of Carnival Cruise Lines and 30 were offered positions on the company’s ships. The week before, another 26 students had been interviewed and 22 got jobs.
Prime Minister Anthony said “every job created counts in this difficult environment” and spoke of his happiness with the program.
“I am elated that another government-supported program is bearing fruit,” he said.
He noted that 420 Saint Lucians have gained jobs with Carnival Cruise Lines since the commencement of the program in 2014. In 2015 so far, another 160 have secured jobs.
Officials at Springboard have also indicated that 130 more young people will be trained and employed by December 2015.
According to Dr Anthony, “Job creation remains a priority for the government, hence its focus on programs and other initiatives such as NICE.”
He congratulated Springboard and their partners, “as well as all the young people who have been given an opportunity to work with Carnival.”
The Prime Minister disclosed that the government will also work closely with MAMPA, another agency here recruiting Saint Lucians to work on cruise ships, to expand access and opportunities for employment.