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Operation “Lend a Hand”: first immersion in the business world for young people

MARIGOT: For the past 12 years, the Collectivité de Saint Martin has initiated the “Lend a Hand” employment scheme during the months of July and August, financed from its annual budget. This program consists of hiring young job seekers (18 to 29 years old) in St. Maarten companies that are partners of the Collectivité, in order to allow them to gain experience.

Despite the health and economic constraints, President Daniel Gibbs and his Vice President Sofia Carti-Codrington, in charge of vocational training, were keen to maintain the “Lend a Hand” scheme, which is very popular with young job seekers in Saint Martin.   

This year, about a hundred young people will be welcomed in the 50 local companies that are partners of the scheme. To facilitate their integration into the world of work, the Collectivité has set up preliminary training courses for the trainees, in partnership with the FORE IDN training center.

Through this dynamic employment access program, the Collectivité facilitates the discovery of the realities of the working world and the access to employment for the benefit of young candidates.

The trainees’ immersion in a company is based on 4 hours of work per day, paid from the Collectivity’s budget. The trainees receive an exceptional grant of 500€ per month, to which must be added a company share of 100€ per month. The global budget granted by the Collectivity for this program in 2021 is 150 000€, including training. The construction and public works sectors and the trade sector are the most represented.

The Collectivité de Saint Martin is thus offering 100 young job seekers their first professional experience in a company thanks to the “Lend a Hand” operation and the trust placed in it by the companies that have been partners of our institution for over ten years.

For President Gibbs, who went to meet the young trainees on Monday, June 28th: “This is an operation of which we can be proud, because this scheme does not exist anywhere else. It is supported by the territorial institution thanks to a solid and long-lasting partnership with local companies and is based on a real solidarity towards young job seekers”.



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