…with 80 enrolled…
WILLEMSTAD- September 11, 2017 – With the aim of lowering youth unemployment and stimulating tourism, the CTB, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Wellbeing (SOAW) and Reda Sosial, has launched a project offering training to unemployed young adults as entrepreneurs, tourist guides and hospitality workers. The program will certify 18 to 33-year-olds in an intensive 6-month Hospitality and Tourism Guide course. Today, a total of 80 persons started the course. The opening program included addresses by Dr. Steven Martina, Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Hensley Koeiman, Minister of Social Development, Labor and Wellbeing, Mr. Wilfred Bonafacia, Director of Reda Sosial and the trainer (OneCuraçao), Mr. Emlyn Pietersz.
Certified tourist guides are in short supply and the aim of this course is to train young adults 18 to 33 years of age as entrepreneurs, tourist guides, and to work in the hospitality sector. The aim is also to fill the current shortage of tourist guides with the course graduates.
The parties involved with this project are the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), in charge of the entire coordination of the course as well as promotion and some training expenses, the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Wellbeing, in charge of enrollment, selection and social training of the participants while also contributing financially towards the participants expenses, Reda Sosial, carrying the course expenses and OneCuraçao, the “Tourist Guide & Hospitality Training” certified organization arranging the course, course materials and location. The course will be held from September 2017 to March 2018.
The CTB, SOAW and Reda Sosial’s best wishes go to the participants, and they hope to see each and everyone of them again at the course’s conclusion in March of 2018.