Grand Bahamians will be chosen first to fill upcoming job openings

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Some 60 jobs will be opened to Grand Bahamians for the expansion project of PharmaChem, as a result of Quality Services Limited receiving portions of the contract for the expansion work. The job fair will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 9 am to 1 pm and those interested are asked to bring the relevant paperwork, including Bahamian issued identification. Shown from left are: Omar Isaacs, Investment Officer, OPM; Shamine Johnson, Investment Officer, OPM; Olivia Blatch, attorney, Investment Unit, OPM; Harcourt Brown, Permanent Secretary, OPM; Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson; Barry Malcolm, consultant, Quality Services Ltd.; and Oliva Blatch, Human Resources, Quality Services Ltd. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)

Up to 60 jobs will be on the market in the industrial sector and Grand Bahamians have the first option, said Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson. During a press conference on Monday, June 11, Minister Thompson was pleased to announce that Quality Services Limited will host a job fair on Saturday, June 16 from 9 am to 1 pm, when pipe-fitters, welders (carbon and stainless steel), industrial electricians, instrumentation technicians, safety officers, helpers and quality control technicians all have the opportunity to be hired for the expansion project of PharmaChem. “Today we see steps forward in our industrial sector which has continued to remain strong despite the challenges in our economy.

“Recently the Prime Minister,” said Minister Thompson, “toured the 180 million expansion project at PharmaChem. This project will now proceed to its next phase. It should be noted that PharmaChem is the only Pharmaceutical Company in the Bahamas offering these kinds of services. The continuation of this investment shows the confidence this company has in the future of Grand Bahama and in the local talent that is already employed. We are very pleased that in this very specialized field Bahamian contracts are receiving a significant portion of work in this expansion project and will be spending this money in Grand Bahama and hiring Grand Bahamians.” He added, “We believe that QSL will have no difficulties in filling these positions with Grand Bahamians. In addition, we are also pleased that Quality Services Ltd has agreed to host a job fair on the 16th June in Grand Bahama to allow for the widest participation as possible. We invite all Grand Bahamians to take advantage of this opportunity along with other opportunities that are and will become available in the near future.”

Representing Quality Services Limited was Barry Malcolm who noted that Quality Services has been appointed General Contractor for portions of the expansion project at PharmaChem and to fill the job vacancies, there will be the job fair on Saturday. Those interested in jobs should arrive with the proper documentation and certifications as they will be interviewed and if they are qualified, will be asked to be further interviewed. Minister Thompson further noted that the economy is moving in a positive direction with the addition of the second Bahamas Paradise Cruise vessel the Grand Classica and the additional airlift from the Vacation express.

“We have already seen improvement for taxi drivers at the Harbour and the airport. We see interest by Bahamians in investing and reinvesting in Grand Bahama with examples of FowlCo logistics, reopening of Goombayland Park, expansion of Omni Financial and Bahamas Development Bank projects opening up businesses. In our Tech Hub initiative, we have seen the introduction of the GIBC company that has already offered employment to 25 persons and intend to hire another 25. We see major investments progressing like Grand Palm Beach Acquisitions restarting the former Ginn project who recently held a town meeting in West End to unveil their plans. They intend to begin work and hire persons immediately after the Heads of Agreement is completed. This work includes the completion of infrastructure, building of the gatehouse, work on the marina and golf course, and ultimately construct a hotel all within the first 14 months. And we continue to make progress on the Grand Lucayan deal.”

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