There will be new employment opportunities as the Pharmachem project impacts Grand Bahama’s economy and continues to make progressive steps. This was revealed during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday (June 11).
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson explained that Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Honorable Hubert Minnis recently toured the 180 million expansion project at Pharmachem. This project will now proceed into its next phase.
He noted that Pharmachem is the only Pharmaceutical Company in The Bahamas offering special 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 are already employed, said Thompson.
“We are very pleased that in this very specialized field, Bahamian general contractors 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 said.
Thompson revealed that Quality Services Limited (QSL) has advised that they will be hiring approximately 60 persons in the following industrial positions, electricians, instrumentation workers, pipefitters, welders, safety officers, and helpers.
“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 June 16 in Grand Bahama to allow for the widest participation as possible,” he said.
Minister Thompson invited all Grand Bahamians to take advantage of this opportunity along with other job situations that will become available in the near future.
QSL Consultant Barry Malcolm provided more insight on the hiring process and other updates.
He stated that QSL continues to look for good craftsmen.
Malcolm informed that QSL will be hiring persons in the areas of Industrial electrical work, instrumentation work, pipe fitting, welders both carbon steel and stainless steel welders, safety officers and general helpers.
“We are in the process of looking to the market to find individuals who have the requisite job skills and the requisite craft skills to do the various jobs that are required at the facility,” he said.
Malcolm revealed that the job fair will take place at the QSL location on Queens Highway West, just beyond Petro Express Gas Station from 9 am to 1 pm.
“We’re trying to make it a very organized and a very structured enterprise on Saturday, the purpose of which is to receive applications from persons who are suitably qualified.”
He advised persons interested in the fair to fill out an application for employment. The application must be completed and brought along with all the necessary documents including a government issued identification. The dress code is casual.
According to Malcom representatives of the company will be interviewing candidates at the QSL’s facility job fair.
He acknowledged that there is a possibility that foreign employees will be hired for certain jobs.
When asked if the jobs being offered will be permanent or via contract, Malcolm explained how QSL operates in that regard.
“This is the way QSL works. We are an industrial contractor and so we go to different jobs as it becomes available in the market,” he said.
Minister of State Thompson emphasized that Bahamians, specifically Grand Bahamians will have first preference.
“We are thankful that this is the process that Quality Services has decided on, that is to offer and to inform the Bahamians what are the opportunities made available for them,” he said.
Thompson also gave a brief update on ongoing Grand Bahama projects. He stated that while there is a lot more work to do, there are positive signs.
“In Tourism we have seen 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,” he said.
He furthered that there is also interest by Bahamians in investing and reinvesting in Grand Bahama with examples of FowlCo logistics, the reopening of Goombayland Park, expansion of Omni Financial and Bahamas Development Bank projects.
“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 the Grand Palm Beach Acquisitions restarting the former Ginn project in West End,” he said.
About the West End investment, Minister Thompson added that the the intention is 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 construction of a hotel all within the first 14 months.
“And we continue to make progress on the Grand Lucayan deal. Today we see steps forward in our industrial sector which has continued to remain strong despite the challenges in our economy,” he said.