Editorial: Opportunity

POSTED: 11/8/11 6:16 PM

The job vacancy survey being implemented by the Department of Labor is a great opportunity for businesses to get some free advertising next to what they pay for in local, regional and international newspapers. It also gives the department the chance to get a real sense of what’s in demand from the businesses that exist here.
One suggestion that we’d make is that the data also be shared with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and the Cabinet of the Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague. That sharing will create an opportunity for local students and expatiates to be informed whether what they’re studying is truly needed here at home and if their skills built up over years in the Netherlands, might score them a top level job in the land of their birth or formation. Sharing with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport may also give them a sense of how to refine their list of priority areas for the receipt of study financing.
One would also suggest that the results be shared with the St. Maarten Tallahassee Foundation so they can promote the vacancies to students in the especially Florida. They are the most likely to come home, unless of course they get married to an American while studying and choose to stay there.
There are also benefits for the businesses, as hiring local employees with the requisite skills will free them of that 1, 600 guilder ($900) non-refundable fee for work permits. But if Independent MP Frans Richardson is correct, and we know he is, then this won’t seem like an advantage, because it’s the employees who are truly bearing the brunt of those costs.

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  1. irie says:

    Great idea.

    I heard this idea as well when the Parliament visited the St. Maarten students in The Netherlands earlier this year.

    One of the students came forward and asked the politicians if any system was in place, or coming into place where Students can look for job vacancies in the private market on St. Maarten. The answer was simply no, but, the idea was noted.

    The editor is right on sharing the vacancies with The Hague and Tallahassee. There are some students interested in this, especially those who don’t have wide networks with important people working on St. Maarten.