National Job Creation and Skills Enhancement Programme
The Government of The Bahamas National Job Creation and Skills Enhancement Programme is a job initiative of The Bahamas Government established in August 2018 to provide unemployed persons between the ages of nineteen (19) to thirty (30) with hands on skills that will enhance their ability to find gainful employment based on training received. The program runs from August to June of the following year and has established a private sector partnership. Participants are placed in either the government or the private sector based on their skills, interests and qualifications. To date, 158 persons have gained employment through the National Job Creation and Skills Enhancement Programme in Grand Bahama alone.
The program’s private sector partners include Albuild, Aliv, Lakeesta Investments Ltd, Norris R. Carroll & Company, Phoenix Brokerage, Admin Business & Careerlife, Letty’s Paradise Preschool and Admin Office Freeport.
In the vision of the Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Hubert Minnis, the New Graduate Initiative was created in order to expose new college graduates to the public service. The graduates are given an opportunity to share their skills, expertise and talents in the public sector in hopes to encourage young Bahamians to pursue careers in the public service. The program began in 2019, with its first cohort of 15. The New graduate Initiative program seeks to be a tool for the betterment of the public service, adding to the skilled workers mass and allowing the graduates an outlet to assess, and give feedback of their experiences working in the public sector.
In keeping with the Government’s commitment to create economic opportunities for all Bahamians, the Office of the Prime Minister Grand Bahama and MSC Cruises agreed to commence a second recruitment exercise in April 2020.
The Initiative was first launched in 2015 but its first successful candidates were during the re-launch in 2019. To date, sixteen Bahamian candidates were selected to share their talents and work on board MSC Cruise Ships. Nine of the candidates were successful in obtaining the necessary training and documents that are required to work on board MSC Cruise Ships. Five presently work on MSC Cruise Ships, and the remaining are awaiting their postings.
MSC remains committed to generating new investments in tourism, shipping and maritime education sectors of the Bahamian economy and established this program to invest in the training and hiring of Bahamians.
MSC has agreed to hire some 220 Grand Bahamians crew members to staff its cruise, in the areas of Food and Beverage, Housekeeping, Galley and Entertainment.
If you are interested in a career with MSC and the opportunity to travel the world, earning valuable experiences in the process, submit your resume to
The Youth Summer Employment Programme is a collaboration between The Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture and The Private Sector. It allows for young Bahamians between the ages of 15 – 26 the opportunity to find employment and obtain work experience during the summer months. The program consists of two (2), four (4) weeks sessions, totaling a duration of eight (8) weeks from July to August. The two sessions are typically grouped by age and level of education; where College students are hired in July and High School students are hired in August. This is to facilitate the return of college students who usually start classes within August. For the past 3 years, the Annual Youth Summer Employment Programme has employed roughly 700-750 students per year within government agencies and corporate sectors such as PharmaChem, Polymers, Pats Uniform, Scotia Bank, RBC, First Caribbean Bank, The Ministry of Housing, The Office of The Prime Minister G.B., Customs, etc. There are over 100 businesses and government agencies assisting in the program each year. Students are remunerated on a tier basis at the end of their four weeks. Consideration is given towards qualifications such as BJCs, BGCSEs and college credits.