Registration still open for YDP’s Room Care Attendant Course

Great Bay, St. Maarten, (Wednesday, January 19, 2011) – Are you a youngster between the ages of 16 and 24 who has not been able to complete your secondary school education? And do you love working with your hands? There is still time for you to register for the Room Care Attendant Course which is set to begin in a few weeks under the auspices of the St. Maarten Youth Development Program (YDP). 

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According to a press release issued by the YDP, The program still has some spaces open and registration is being held at the Youth Development Program office upstairs at Carl and Son’s Bakery on the Walter J. Nisbeth Road (Pondfill) in Philipsburg. The office is open Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. "All you need to register is a copy of your St. Maarten identification (I.D) card," the release stated.

The course consists of practical classes, on-site classes (in the hotels) and job training. Participants will undergo job training in the Maintenance and Room Care departments of hotels and resorts on the island.

The course, which will be conducted by the Caribbean Institute of Social Education Foundation (CIFSEF), will last 6 months, three of which will be dedicated to the development of social skills, job skills and computer training.

YDP has already held a very successful Room Care Attendant course in 2010. Out of the 22 students that took the course, 18 students successfully completed it and graduated in November 2010.

Young men who have graduated from the Room Care Attendant course have gone on to do positive things. Some of the participants who wanted to continue studying were accepted into the SBO Maritime course and others were offered employment at the hotel where they did their job training.

The Youth Development Program is a second chance educational program, funded by USONA, for youngsters between 16 and 24 years old who were unable to finish secondary education. The Program is executed by the Division of Educational Research, Policy and Innovations (DERPI) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports.

For more information on the program or registration, contact Janelle James at 543-0497 or visit YDP’s facebook page: SXM YDP. You can also e-mail the YDP team at sx*****@ho*****.com.