Royal Caribbean International (RCI) hosted a two-day job fair on Thursday (February 21) and Friday (February 22) at the Department of Labour Office, with the hopes of securing employees for the Perfect Day at Coco Cay Island attraction.
RCI Human Resources Manager for Coco Cay, Antonique Smith, recently spoke to this daily about the opportunities they were offering to many Bahamians during the fair.
She explained that the event was another recruitment exercise to find candidates for the Perfect Day at Coco Cay Project.
“Right now, we have vacancies primarily in the aquatics and recreation areas that would be primarily the waterpark. So, we’re looking for lifeguards and senior lifeguards. We also have positions in our Operations Department, those would be drivers who we would hope to have some heavy-duty equipment operating experience, as well as restroom attendants and general workers,” she said. “This includes aquatic attendants, aquatic guides and dive instructors. Persons who love the water and love outdoors, those are the type of persons we’re looking for.”
Smith added that the Food and Beverage Department is also seeking more employees to be kitchen attendants, assistants and more.
She told this daily that the company is looking to hire around 100 persons.
Applicants were required to bring professional resumes, police records, valid identifications and references.
Smith furthered that one of the most important things she wanted to see from applicants was a genuine passion for their potential job.
“I’d also like to see persons that have actually taken the time to research a Perfect Day at Coco Cay, because there’s ample information out there and it does speak to how interested you actually are in the project, that you’re actually passionate about it and not just chasing a paycheck,” Smith said.
She expressed that the project will thrive best if the people working there are passionate about their job.
The fair began around 8:00 a.m. and ended after 5:00 p.m.
Smith revealed that RCI is expected to hold additional job fairs. “We’re having another one in Nassau at the National Training Agency next week Thursday (February 28) and we’re planning another for the end of March in Abaco.”
The company is looking to hire immediately, particularly in areas of operations such as Food and Beverage.
Assistant Director of Labour Janet Russell, noted that the department was honoured to host Royal Caribbean’s International’s Job Fair. “Today the Labour Department is very humbled and honoured to be involved in this process with Royal Caribbean,” she said.
She noted that it is refreshing to know that national and international companies are interested in giving Bahamians opportunities for employment, particularly with the current challenging state of the local economy.
“Things like this give a little spark to persons who are on the unemployment line,” she said. “It gives them hope to know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Russell, furthered that events like the job fair prove that all hope is not lost for Grand Bahama.
She noted that the fact that other companies like Ocean Cay, which organized a job fair last month, hired over 80 employees to work on the property located off Bimini.
Russell added that the department is also hoping to hear from Sandals in the near future, regarding another job fair for employment opportunities in Exuma.
Last year the department hosted over five job fairs in Grand Bahama.
Russell finally stated that the department welcomes these companies that seek to partner with the department in conducting job fairs, because every person hired is one less person on the unemployment line.
“Plenty people are unemployed, like I indicated, and with job fairs coming on stream, it shows that the economy eventually will bounce back and people will not be on the unemployment line too much longer,” she said.
Perfect Day at Coco Cay is a private island exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests. The attractions and experiences at Perfect Day at Coco Cay are set to open in phases, with plans to have everything open for December 2019.
However, guests can start enjoying features like Thrill Waterpark, the Zip Line, Splash-away Bay Aqua Park, Up, Up and Away Helium Balloon, Oasis Lagoon Freshwater Pool and more in May.
Most of the experiences at Perfect Day at Coco Cay are complimentary, and there are plenty of free beach chairs and beachside activities, along with five new complimentary dining venues located throughout the island. Other attractions, like Thrill Waterpark, the Zip Line, and Up, Up and Away Helium Balloon, are available for a charge.