Jus’ Sail 2017 Youth Train­ing Pro­gramme now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions

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Jus’ Sail is ex­cited to an­nounce that it is re­cruit­ing for the 2017 Youth Train­ing Pro­gramme, now in its sixth year. If you are be­tween the ages of 18-25, un­em­ployed and out of ed­u­ca­tion, and have a Saint Lucian ID card, you are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply to be ac­cepted to the pro­gramme. The in­ten­sive six-week course is only for the most ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als, de­ter­mined to in­vest in them­selves. Places are lim­ited to ten so it is a com­pet­i­tive ap­pli­ca­tion process. Re­cruit­ment is done based on po­ten­tial, not pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, so ev­ery­one has an equal chance to be ac­cepted if they demon­strate com­mit­ment to their per­sonal ad­vance­ment.

The course is free to par­tic­i­pants with all costs cov­ered. This is made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous sup­port of the Saint Lu­cia Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion’s Tourism En­hance­ment Fund (TEF). This is the sec­ond time that the TEF has shown its sup­port to Jus’ Sail by spon­sor­ing the cost of the pro­gramme. Jus’ Sail wishes to also ac­knowl­edge the con­tin­ued in-kind sup­port of IGY Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina which has sup­ported the pro­gramme from in­cep­tion, in 2012. The Jus’ Sail team is also grate­ful to the many in­di­vid­u­als who do­nate to the cost of the pro­gramme through­out the year.

The three tenets un­der­ly­ing the pro­gramme are ‘Train­ing, Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and Em­ploy­ment’. The aim of the Jus’ Sail Youth Train­ing Pro­gramme is to as­sist young Saint Lu­cians who have a com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing their skills to find sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment within the yacht­ing or wider ser­vice and hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tors. Jus’ Sail be­lieves that sail­ing of­fers an un­par­al­leled learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment in trans­fer­able skills and per­sonal devel­op­ment.

At the com­ple­tion of this in­ten­sive pro­gramme, suc­cess­ful par­tic­i­pants will be as­sisted to re­work their CV and seek gain­ful em­ploy­ment.

Jus’ Sail’s co-direc­tor Pepsi Demacque-Crock­ett said, “We are very ex­cited to meet prospec­tive stu­dents who sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion and are in­vited by us to an in­ter­view. Many of our pre­vi­ous stu­dents have gone on from strength to strength, be­com­ing suc­cess­ful and much re­spected mem­bers of the teams in which they work across the marine and wider tourism sec­tor. We wish to see that trend con­tinue with this year’s stu­dents. Ap­pli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted by Septem­ber 17th, 2017 so we en­cour­age all those who are in­ter­ested to get their ap­pli­ca­tion in to us as soon as pos­si­ble ei­ther by email or by drop­ping off a hard copy at the IGY Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina of­fice.”

The pro­gramme will run from the end of Septem­ber to early Novem­ber 2017 and 100% at­ten­dance is re­quired.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Jus’ Sail Youth Train­ing Pro­gramme and its ac­tiv­i­ties please re­fer to the Youth Train­ing Page on the Jus’ Sail web­site where you can down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form, or the Jus’ Sail Face­book page to learn more about pre­vi­ous pro­grammes.

Day 1 Set­ting up a line of suc­ces­sion – 2013 Jus’ Sail Pro­gramme grad­u­ate and now First Mate aboard Good Ex­pec­ta­tion, O’Brian Forde (cen­tre), shows the new re­cruits the ropes.

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