Thursday’s front page photo of 15 ladies starting a flight attendant course on the French side sparked mostly positive comments. The month-long programme will conclude with an exam in safety, security and aviation as well as in English plus a pool swimming test.
Executed by CFACI-OM in Martinique, the cost of 4,603 euros per person is being covered as part of a project offering jobseekers access to professional training for up to 8,000 euros until the end of this year, targeting 100 beneficiaries. It indeed appears a good way to assist people in finding meaningful work.
This is all taking place locally for the first time, as participants used to have to go to Guadeloupe and then France for the practical part.
Perhaps coincidentally, but the same front page carried another story from Marigot about the Collectivité submitting a bid for the partial takeover of Air Antilles together with EDEIS group that manages Grand Case Airport.
To what extent the latter enhances opportunities for this batch of European Caribbean Certified Cabin Crew students remains to be seen, but it certainly can’t hurt. Moreover, such airline staff is already much in demand at a global level, so prospects for those who prove successful are certainly decent.
An instructor will also provide guidance on presenting themselves and applying for relevant vacancies. This follow-up is very important, because it enables use of what they have learned to secure suitable employment.
The next planned course for 25 persons concerns working on cruise ships, a logical choice with so many visiting the island. That may not seem like a whole lot, but each one counts.