Thursday, August 18, 2022

Saint Lucia Government Training Programme With SALCC Lauded

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The recently announced partnership between the government of St. Lucia and Sir Arthur Community College (SALCC) is a powerful one that will pay off tremendously, according to Joseph Boll, CEO of Caribbean Employment Services Inc.

Not just St. Lucia but most countries in the world have continued to struggle with a dire
shortage of healthcare workers as a result of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
This is one of the reasons the new partnership is especially timely.

“There’s always a need for healthcare workers,” said Boll, “and especially thanks to the
pandemic, that need has been enormously high over the past two years.
“An agreement to train local St. Lucians to fill that need augurs well for the island and for the region, who may in the future need to call on St. Lucia to lend its healthcare support.”

Caribbean Employment Services Inc. is one of the leading online talent recruitment agencies in the region, headquartered in Barbados but servicing the people of the Caribbean no matter where they may be located.

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Our organization connects jobseekers with the top organizations throughout the region, and we strongly support initiatives that help to create an even stronger talent pool from which regional companies can benefit.

The ambitious scheme between the government and SALCC could spark a new trajectory
for the labour market in St. Lucia, giving way to more locals being gainfully employed in
prestigious, high-earning jobs in healthcare.

At the same time, it could also contribute to a more highly skilled, highly educated workforce, which in turn would augur well for the economy and nation as a whole.

Both Minister of Health Moses Baptiste and SALCC officials spoke to the tremendous
employment potential of this new healthcare partnership.

SALCC Dean of the Department of Health, Wellness and Human Performance Prisca Regis-
Andrew said, “We are well aware of the situation of the shortage of pharmacists here in St.
Lucia and the negative impact it is having on our healthcare delivery.

“We have committed to work together with the Ministry of Health and the public sector to
address the situation…within a short timeframe.”

The college’s principal, Dr. Keith Nurse, noted, “There is a clear need for filling not just the
shortage but the potential flow through for this profession.
“We are also recognizing that this is a huge employment opportunity for people in St. Lucia
and that what is required is to have a professional program that’s fully accredited that would deliver these capabilities for young people to enter the profession.”

As for his part, Minister Baptiste added, “Dr. Nurse approached us and suggested that we
meet on the issue…to train pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.”

He said the end goal behind this partnership for healthcare training was “to not only fill our
dire need in Saint Lucia but possibly…to train young people who are looking for
opportunities in the medical field, in the health and wellness field to become pharmacists in
the future”.

Source: Caribbean Employment Services Inc.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Let me begin by saying I love this initiative and I wish all those who choose to venture out into this field the very best. However, I ask that we not limit ourselves to just this sector. I think we should be doing these training programmes sooner than the community college level for not every student goes /can go to college. We should be training our child ( the future ) for the world outside of the school’s syllabus. Plumbing, carpentry, electrical works just to name a few are very much needed skills that would benefit our work force. How many students leave SALCC yearly with degrees that hold no weight when in search of jobs. To address our unemployment rate we should tackle the oversaturation we see for example in the business and hospitality sector. Our people are capable of more than just office jobs and serving guests. Teach them skills that employers are in dire need of or skills that could lead to self-employment.

  2. Mr Principal of SALCC kindly look into the administrative operations of the Department of Health Sciences. The students are really frustrated and disgusted with the Administration. Also, there has been a very, very, very high turnover of lecturers in that department. Please investigate. Thank you.

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