The Daily Herald reports that the Council of Education and Labour Market Caribbean Netherlands ROA/CN Director Elyane Paul announced that Cerissa Steel has completed her training period in Bonaire, making her an officially certified trainer and advisor.
As ROA/CN advisor in Saba, Steel is to regularly visit private companies, public and non-governmental institutions to gain better insights into the labour needs and expectations of employers. Steel is also to maintain close
contact with Saba Comprehensive School to ensure the prompt adjustment of vocational training programmes to meet actual labour needs.
ROA/CN is to bridge the gap between vocational MBO education and the labour market on the three Caribbean Netherlands’ islands. “Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius have a need for properly educated, local labourers,” said Paul, and “ROA/CN provides coordination between vocational courses, ensuring these are catering to the actual local demand for workforce.”
She noted that “an internship is an important part of a vocational programme” and that “practical training should be executed in a recognised training company.” ROA/CN is the only institution mandated to provide recognition for training companies on Bonaire, Statia and Saba. A job trainer guides students during their internship.