National Bench Program Begins

Antonius Roberts has signed on with Baha Mar to hire, train and mentor 12 aspiring craftsmen with the goal of creating benches out of wood discarded from the Baha Mar site.

“I have agreed to set up a mentorship program and will be taking on 12 Bahamians who will be selected through the government’s Job Readiness Program,” he told Guardian Business in October when the project was still in its planning stages.

The initial project, according to Roberts, is to produce 20 park benches for the new West Bay Street and hiking trial.

Kristin Wells, the Director of the Baha Mar Academy, which seeks to prepare, equip and train a generation of workers for the resort, said this particular project came about through their cooperation with government to find jobs for the new placement program.

“We decided to give [Roberts] our fallen trees and he agreed to take on some people and teach them basic skills. We are hoping he will teach them the skills and hopefully get them to a point where it becomes self-sustaining.”

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