Business Outreach & Placement Program preparation in full force

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Great Bay -The Department of Youth Affairs has announced the start of the application period for the annual Business Outreach and Placement Program (BOPP) 2016.

The BOPP, coordinated by the Department of Youth Affairs, is dedicated  to placing pre-exam and  exam students, aged 16 to 24 and who are attending secondary education as well as first-year tertiary level education in a work experience traineeship during the month of July. The main objective of the BOPP is to provide a work experience based on the students’ possible career ambition.

All students entering the program will gain knowledge by engaging in a compulsory training provided prior to the start of BOPP with a final participation in a valuable work experience. As a result, the gap between the academic and business world is bridged by affording student trainees with an opportunity to develop their work ethics, skills and competences in various government departments and in the private sector. The host organization or department also stands to benefit from the competent and often times innovative perspective that  students can offer.

This year, the BOPP program will mark its 18th anniversary and is scheduled to take place from July 4th,through July 29th , 2016 .The  program will consist of the usual application period, orientation activities, training, pre-selection for interviews and final selection for a placement.

In keeping with the ever changing technological trends, the Department of Youth Affairs continues to utilize Facebook, a social media platform, to promote the BOPP among the youth and business community since its launch in 2014.

Additionally, considering that the Department of Youth Affairs advocates Children’s Rights on the island, the department saw it necessary to amended its admittance policy to now allow students in possession of a temporary resident permit to participate in the work experience program. This amendment is much welcomed as it now gives said students an equal opportunity to participate in the program once all other requirements have been met.


Students wishing to join the program can fill out the online application form via Facebook: St. Maarten Youth Affairs or by visiting :www.sintmaartengov.org. and navigating to the “Students” section of the website. Students also have to opportunity to register online at their school (contact your career guidance counselor) or at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library.

Registration closes on June 3rd and students are requested to submit all supporting documents by this date. These documents can be either delivered to the St. Maarten Youth Desk office on Backstreet (opposite Penny’s Department Store) or be sent via email to youthaffairs@sintmaartengov.org.

The St. Maarten Youth Desk  will be open from Monday through Friday between 1.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m.to better accommodate all students during this period.

Lastly, the Department expresses its sincerest gratitude to all companies in the private sector who have partnered with and supported the program since its inception. New business are also welcome to join support the youth as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to the community.

Businesses that are willing to partner with the program can apply via Facebook or the Sint Maarten Government website. Further information can be requested from the department of Youth Affairs by calling  542-2056/ 5423873 or send an e-mail to: youthaffairs@sintmaartengov.org