PHILIPSBURG: The St. Maarten Training Foundation recently hosted its final certificate ceremony for 200 plus students from the courses of public health and hospitality. These courses were started after Hurricane Irma and were the first component of the Emergency Income Support and Training Project, one of the Trust Fund projects under implementation at the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB) offering training to unemployed persons.
Over the period of just over three years some 2000 students have made use of this opportunity and received certification and pins for courses in public health and hospitality.
Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs told the graduates, “We are now 4-years post-Hurricane Irma and are still facing recovery challenges, a challenge made even more significant by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, these challenges make your accomplishment so significant because as St.
Maarten continues to change and grow, the needs within our economy for your skills also grow.”
SMTF Program Director Sergio Walsarie Wolff: “You are transitioning back into the work field, you are armed with a valuable certificate and invaluable knowledge passed on by your SMTF teachers.”