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Return on the closing night of the Job Dating BTP in Marigot

MARIGOT: Despite a last minute rescheduling due to tropical storm Fiona, the third edition of the job and training caravan dedicated to the construction industry, based this time in Marigot, was a great success.

This Friday, September 23 from 3 to 7 pm, the Job Dating BTP was installed on the central parking of the Collectivity in Marigot after a session in Quartier d’Orleans and Sandy Ground on September 14 and 15. This event is organized by the Collectivité with the financial support of the State and led by the project manager, Fabiola Rioual, whose work was rightly congratulated during the closing speeches.

In addition to the presence of the representatives of the construction companies who held a stand during the afternoon, several officials joined the site of the operation at around 7:00 pm, including Louis Mussington, President of the Collectivité de Saint-Martin, Vincent Berton, Delegate Prefect of the Northern Islands, many territorial councillors as well as Martine Beldor, member of the Executive Council and president of the Commission for Employment, Apprenticeship, Training and Integration who, according to the president of the COM during his speech, “was able to respond to the important expectations of the youth of Saint-Martin who are looking for a job”. In the same speech, Louis Mussington said that he wanted to create a social link with a real political will by going to the young people in the neighborhoods and “get closer to this fringe of the youth who doubts, who does not trust the system”.

The Job Dating BTP was also a way to raise awareness among professionals of the sector on the importance of local hiring. A recent visit to the Basse-Terre prison made a particular impression on Louis Mussington, a prison he describes as “an undignified, horrible place”, and which motivates him to take the necessary steps to ensure that young people from St. Martin do not fall into delinquency. “We will do everything possible to accelerate the process and that a number of construction sites start, when we see the cranes in the sky, the construction industry is on the move, it is an opportunity for young people looking for work and companies,” also a guarantee of a good economy.

In terms of figures for this flagship measure, which was launched by the Collectivité in partnership with the CCISM, represented by its general manager Julien Bataille, the Pôle emploi and the Mission locale de Saint-Martin, 53 companies have responded over the past four months. 1105 people seeking employment or training were received during the last events. Martine Beldor will have the task of speeding up the process to start training in order to increase the employability of the territory’s youth. Twenty contracts were signed between July and August via the scheme. As for 32 people, they are following a refresher course during the month of September.

Louis Mussington, proud of the work done by his teams, is delighted with the results, which he considers “encouraging”. Before sharing a glass of friendship around a buffet, Fabiola Rioual, head of the project, invited Vincent Berton, delegate prefect of the Northern Islands to speak. As a reminder, the Job Dating BTP is financed within the framework of the Pacte Ultramarin d’Investissement dans les Compétences (Ultramarine Investment Pact in Skills) promoted by the State, and Vincent Berton feels an immense responsibility to bring young people to these construction trades that the territory needs in view of the upcoming construction sites, whether it is, for example, the 600 or 900 college: “This is a major issue if we want to avoid strong social tensions, and we are mobilized and aware of that. Going towards the young people, who feel rejected by the system, who show a lack of confidence in themselves, who doubt themselves, their competence, their talent.” For Mr. Prefect, it is a key criterion that St. Martin’s youth, unique in its kind, have confidence in themselves.

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