PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Electricity company NV GEBE and the Department of Labour Affairs, signed a three year memorandum of agreement (MoU) on November 22, 2016, establishing a partnership between these two organizations. The purpose of the MoU is to facilitate members of the local population with on the job training opportunities, increasing, therefore, the chance of employability, within the local labor market.
During a well-organized and very successful Registration Drive, held at GEBE, over a hundred potential candidates, enrolled in this program. Once registered, the Department of Labour Affairs, conducted a pre-selection interview with all the candidates. Those that qualified, were invited for an interview with representatives of GEBE and the Department of Labour Affairs. This was done during the week of August 14th to 18th, 2017. From all the candidates, twenty-five (25) were selected, to participate in this program.
The selected trainees, will undergo a five (5) month on the job training at GEBE, guided and trained by GEBE employees/supervisors, who will serve as their respective coaches & mentors. The trainees will be placed in different departments within GEBE.
During this program, the trainees’ will receive guidance and training on skills and work conduct. At the end of the program, the trainees will be appraised, on their performance and those that pass this training program successfully, will receive a certificate. And if all goes well, depending on performance and availability of functions to be filled, some trainees will be approached and offered employment with GEBE.