The Department of Labour continues to receive ‘numerous requests’ for skilled workers in the construction and marine industries, said Labour Commissioner Janice Rymer.
A media release from government also said requests are primarily coming from local employers in these industries.
With this high demand for workers, government is making fresh calls for locals to enrol in construction classes at H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC).
“This is a prime opportunity for BVIslanders/Belongers who are unemployed or underemployed following the passages of Hurricanes Irma and Maria to consider a new career path, register for the courses and assist with the rebuilding efforts,” government said in the media release.
Classes are being offered at the Tortola and Virgin Gorda campuses from April 6 to June 6 for construction courses, and from April 10 to19 for marine courses.
Registration for classes is from April 3 to April 6 at either college campuses or at the Labour Department, which has partnered with HLSCC.
Interested applicants on Tortola are being told to visit the department’s Wickham’s Cay II location on the first floor of the Ashley Ritter Building.
Persons on Virgin Gorda can apply for classes in Conference Room B on the second floor of the Vanterpool Building.
HLSCC is offering the following courses:
Construction (April 6 to June 6)
Basic Roof Installation & Repair, Installation and Replacing Doors, Installation & Replacing Windows, Construction & Repair Overview for Homeowners, Managing Construction Projects, Basic Construction Installation, Refreshers Course for Builders, Basic Electricity (House Wiring), Basic Plumbing, and Generator Maintenance & Repair.
Marine Courses (April 10 to 19)
Marine Painting & Varnishing, Outboard Engine Maintenance, and Sailboat Rigging.
Orientation for this course will be held at Nanny Cay on April 5.
In the meantime, employers in marine and construction industries are being encouraged to continue contacting the Labour Department if they require assistance in finding workers.
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