Open the door

Open the door

The placement of tower cranes for the construction of St. Maarten General Hospital (SMGH) reported on in Thursday’s paper served as reminder of this project’s magnitude. Building a new hospital is no small undertaking and involves specialised work. That certainly applies in this case, with the still-operating St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) just metres away on the same property.

In addition to sophisticated equipment, manpower is still needed judging by Saturday’s related on-location job fair in collaboration with main contractor FINSO and the National Employment Service Centre (NECS). This was agreed with the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA as condition to bring in expatriates where needed.

The intention is to give residents a fair chance to apply for some of the vacancies involved. Mention was made of both skilled and semi-skilled personnel, which indicates that it does not only concern experts.

They are looking for rebar benders and steel fixers, a form-worker and carpenters, steel metal workers, waterproofing insulation engineers, plaster workers, masonry workers, gypsum drywall workers, cement screed workers, mechanical piping workers, electricians, plumbers, HVAC system workers, MEP coordinators, a fire protection coordinator, a LEED coordinator, a planner, a medical technologies coordinator and a medical technologies engineer. Noteworthy is that subcontractors are welcome, so that it may be possible to apply for parts of the job as team.

All those with knowledge and experience in these fields looking for work are encouraged to make good use of this possibility to try and secure employment in this major development of great importance for the country and its people. Opportunity is knocking, so open the door by being there between 10:00am and 1:00pm.