Minister of Labour and Immigration the Hon. Keith Bell announced that the Ministry of Labour in conjunction with Sandals Royal Bahamian will hold a Job Fair on Saturday, October 15, 2022 between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Department of Labour’s Headquarters located at City Corporate Center, Rosetta Street.
The job fair comes in light of the Management of the British Colonial Hilton’s formally advising the Government of The Bahamas of their intention to close. After additional consultation, “in accordance with Section 26 of the Employment (Amendment) Act 2017,” Minister Bell said: the Ministry of Labour confirmed that 106 Bahamians were to be made redundant.
“I am extremely proud to announce that the Department of Labour is again partnering with the Management of Sandals,” said Minister Bell, specifically to ascertain how many of the 106 employees of the Hilton can be hired at either the Royal Bahamian New Providence, the Emerald Bay Hotel in Exuma, or the Fowl Cay Resort in the Exuma Cays.
“The 106 employees of the Hilton are specially invited to attend the job fair and come prepared to be screened, interviewed and hired by Sandals Royal Bahamian properties.”
It is anticipated that Sandals will require additional staffing to complement the over 800 Bahamians presently employed at the properties.
“This new initiative by the Ministry of Labour to partner with the Corporate Community in general and with Sandals in particular is an indication of the Davis Administration’s commitment to reduce the unemployment rate in The Bahamas while at the same time demonstrating that the Private Public Partnership (PPP) is an excellent means of growing the Bahamian economy and improving the quality of life and standard of living for the People of The Bahamas.
“I wish to express my gratitude and appreciation to the Owners and Management of Sandals for this bold initiative and the Government looks forward to similar PPP in the very near future,” said Minister Bell.