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11,000 Have Applied For Jobs At Baha Mar

By RICARDO WELLS

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

BAHA Mar has received more than 11,000 applications for employment as progress is being made with the hiring process, with the company’s new Vice President of Human Resources Kristy Cowper yesterday expressing “excitement” with applicant turnout in the weeks since the once stalled hotel property resumed activities last month.

IMs Cowper, who was promoted from the position of director of recruitment and human resources administration, told The Tribune that roughly 600 interested in hotel positions and 200 vying for casino vacancies have progressed to the final stages of the resort’s interview process.

She detailed her office’s relentless pursuit of the “best and most necessary talent” to service the resort, which is projected for an April 21 soft opening.

Ms Cowper said the resort has received 11,500 applications and a “promising” response from hundreds of former employees.

She also acknowledged the positive aspects provided by the resort’s association with governmental and independent agencies such as the National Training Agency (NTA), which provided the resort with a direct link to about 270 applicants, of which 100 have progressed to the second and third levels of the interview process.

“We are progressing in spots that we need to and are making strides in areas that have treated us well in the past,” said Ms Cowper. “Every single day we are working our channels to ensure that the persons we are bring onboard are persons capable and able.

“We had a large percentage of former employees that were well-versed in what we intended to do here, and while we are, for lack of a better phrase, a new company, the goals still remain the same about how we look at future employees.”

She added: “We reached out to those former employees; it was done so with the view that they were not only aware of efforts, but more so, that they were already trained to some level and excited to be a part of what we are building here.

“In many instances, these persons had completed three to five levels of interviews, signed contracts and were ready to go - it was necessary to reach out to those persons because of affiliation.

“But that was only the first step in one half of our efforts. We gave the same attention to going out there and finding new applicants.”

Ms Cowper, referring to the resort’s past hardship, said she firmly understands that there continues to be a public battle that has to be fought to change the perception that potential employees have of the resort.

Despite this however, she said the resort has made it a point to not only continue their pursuit of new applicants, but go beyond the norm to convince these potential applicants that a future at Baha Mar would be a viable one.

“We continue to reach out. It is a bit tricky with new applicants, but we are sure that our strategy is working. We started our Blue Mixer event last week, which places potential employees in a social setting with department and resort heads, allowing us to quickly find those that are truly interested in the Baha Mar brand.

“It’s initiatives like this, we feel are making the difference as we progress toward our opening date,” she added.

Last year, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that the resort was sold to Hong Kong conglomerate Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (CTFE). However it has since been revealed that the sale of the resort has not been completed.

In December, Mr Christie said CTFE “is arranging for operation by the Grand Hyatt of the casino and convention hotels and of other properties by SLS and Rosewood, all internationally renowned brands, beginning with a phased opening in the second quarter of 2017.

CTFE is projected to invest $200 million in “pre-opening festivities, development of family amenities, entertainment and offshore island facilities and demolition and redevelopment of the former Crystal Palace Hotel,” Mr Christie said.

Comments

sheeprunner12 7 months ago

These Bahamar hologram jobs will be used to win the election like the thousands on the Treasury payroll who do nothing but collect weekly salaries and vouchers ............ the first action of the next FNM government must be to complete a forensic audit of the civil service to eliminate the tens of millions of dollars that are paid to political cronies ........... If Minnis pledges that he will commit to cleaning up the Budget & the civil service, he will get a lot of new votes

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SP 7 months ago

............................. Bahamar Hologram Jobs? .................................

Lol....That's a good one!

Are people really foolish enough to trust this new Bahamas or are they just acting out of pure desperation to "make something even short term" knowing full well it can't possibly last?

Only those totally desperate would waste time trying to work for this Fooking company that we all know will shortly either fail entirely, pay low wages or abuse workers worse than even Sandals could imagine.

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Honestman 7 months ago

Is there a buyer yet for Baha Mar?

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sheeprunner12 7 months ago

The PLP government probably negotiated a "rent to own" deal with the Chinese Mafia ............. no evidence of what the hell we are going to get with these "new owners" ................ maybe our Treasury is paying the "rent" as well

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banker 7 months ago

Too bad they een advertising for guests. Again lies and deceit.

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BoopaDoop 7 months ago

Indeed. The golf course and casino are scheduled to open in six weeks. Who are going to be the patrons and where are they coming from. Bahamians can't gamble in the casino.

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Vacation 7 months ago

BoopaDoop we in the US can't wait for Baba Mar to open. My family is one of them. We plan to visit this year. I've dine the Atlantis and have no interest to go back since my kids are grown. This place looks awesome so we can't wait for it to open.

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John 7 months ago

Based on the PM's words that his government created 32,000 jobs since coming to office, the country is now supposed to be experiencing negative unemployment. Added to those private sector jobs he did not create, that means there is more jobs than full employment meaning the 11,000 applicants at Bah Mar are all seeking second jobs. Now back to reality: The unemployment figures are higher than when Christie came to office. Much more higher. Crime and especially murder is more out of control than ever before. In fact more murders has occurred under the watch of Christie, Nottage, Bell and Commissioner Greenslade than any other administration in the history of the Bahamas. Corruption and lack of accountability have Bahamians paying more taxes, carrying a greater tax burden than ever before and yet the country debt is climbing and its ability to pay its bills is diminishing. The government still cannot give a satisfactory explanation as to what it did with your VAT money and Mike Halkitis will probably leave office without his good reputation intact. He openly and deliberately and repeatedly lied to the Bahamian people about what with their VAT money and has clearly earned the title of Lying Halkitis. With all the lies and misrepresentations told about Bah Mar, especially by the prime minister, persons are beginning to suspect that the government poured hundreds of millions of tax money into Bah Mar in attempt to keep the project going. This, of course, was after the meddled in the company's private business and helped kick the original investor/developer to the curb. The country's tourism plant is crumbling and very little has been done to refurbish it or to do additional promotions abroad and draw more tourists to the country. Bah Mar is the biggest farce in the country. A white elephant. A dream delayed. A dream denied. False Hope thus far and a disappointment for many. A nightmare that doesn't seem to want to end. Even though the government has licensed and taxed web shops, they have failed to regulate the industry. Illegal gambling remains a major problem. So much so that the licensed and taxed web shops are complaining that they cannot compete. Some have already closed and others are threatening to go back underground. How long will it be before the building on JFK is completed? The Christie term in government is coming to an end and it is still not complete.

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sheeprunner12 7 months ago

Perry and his criminal Cabinet have raped this Treasury of at least TWO BILLION dollars in this five year cycle ................... We need to find out where our VAT money gone and who are the new crony millionaires created since 2012 ............. why is $2 Billion added on to our debt and there is very little to show for it on the ground?????????? (minus the planes and boats)

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