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1000 jobs initiative: Persons expected to land employment in next few days

The first batch of job seekers enrolled in government’s ‘1,000 Jobs in 1,000 Days’ Programme is expected to start landing jobs as early as next week, Premier Andrew Fahie has said. 

This follows the completion of a mandatory four-day Workforce Training Bootcamp for residents of Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke.

More than 200 residents particpated in the training which was held from September 9 to 13 at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College in Paraquita Bay on Tortola.

Premier Andrew Fahie said the idea behind the boot camp was to create an environment to introduce the participants to tools that would create a better work culture, maximize their success rate at their new jobs and securing level playing field where they all learned the same things at the same time.

“Each day more participants showed up … Each day more hands raised with questions. Each day more participants requested to know the contact information for the presenters so they could contact them for additional help. And each day, as they grew in confidence, some persons even openly asked the presenters for job availabilities in their companies. They learned how to seize the opportunity in one session, and they put what they learned into practice immediately.”

Ready for jobs

In the meantime, participants were given ‘completion certificates’ and are now ready for jobs, the Premier said.

“The Department of Labour & Workforce Development will start to send their résumés to the employers who have listed their jobs with the programme,” Premier Fahie said.

He added: “Interviews will start soonest and we expect that by the beginning of next week, if not sooner, the first set of participants will start new jobs and find careers. We hope for happy and successful matches.”

Don’t quit 

Imparting some words of encouragement to the job seekers, Fahie said: “I want to encourage each person registered in the programme to remember that things will take time, so rest if you must, but don’t quit.”

He continued: “Your Government will not give up on you, so don’t give up on yourselves. This initiative is dear to my heart. With God’s help, I intend to go above and beyond the call to ensure that all of you are meaningfully employed!”

Meanwhile, the boot camp will be tackling the residents of Anegada via a virtual classroom, the Premier said.

“More information will come on that in the coming weeks,” he stated.

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  1. Sad says:

    Every time I read this news tears come to my eyes. Is it because these young people don’t want work or is it that they can’t find work? When I see the influx of people coming in the territory and they all are getting jobs , what is going on? Are the government working along with Labour and immigration? Why can’t these people be in jobs and cut down on the amount of permits going out or are these young people picking and choosing jobs.

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    • Concern reader says:

      Remember writer that work permit turn millions and if expats don’t come wat happen to the loan for all these house remember locals don’t rent place so you all always taken aim at expats like they live here for free

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  2. vip heckler says:

    Lets hope he don’t disappoint those poor kids like what the NDP did

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I wish and hope for three things:

    1) That they are all locals.

    2) That they are paid commensurate with their educational qualifications and above slave minimum can’t live on wages.

    3) That they will be given educational opportunities for advancement.

    This program appears a step in the right direction, but there is a ton more to be done for people and country.

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  4. PEOPLE says:

    I am impressed. Let’s keep doing what we can to help our young people.

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  5. NDP Supporter says:

    I respect the positive drive of our Premier and his government.

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  6. Great news says:

    This initiative will take some time to be fully successful but I am glad to know that our people finally have a government that is putting their needs as high priority.

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  7. son of the soil says:

    Island people coming in here everyday on liat and start working the next day but our youth them here going thru all kinda boot camps and job fairs. Strupes…We need a donald trump to lead and represent us

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    • local says:

      my dear many of the expats don’t care for work permit no more THEY DON’T WANT PAY PERMIT MUSTLESS NHI & SOCIAL SECURITY SO WHAT they do comes on vacation after purchasing a ticket with 3 month time go immigration for extension after 1st month and let the immigration no their ticket expired whenever and they do the full 3 months here bvi working go back home stay a month or two come back do another 3 months. SO THEY ARE WINNING THE GOVERNMENT BY ONLY PAYING 25$ FOR EXTENSION AND WORKING 3 MONTHS..

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  8. @ son of the soili says:

    I’m saying the same thing why can’t we put our people first in everything like everywhere else, it’s a shame

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  9. Rise up my people says:

    Most of you all here talking about list coming in and work permit etc, how much of you own an apartment building, how many of you own a business? Most of you don’t have ah thing to develop the bvi, you all just look for bad things everyday to make us look bad,I live in the states for 20 exact years and the states can never run without outsiders so of you been so stupid to talk about Trump danald, you don’t love our little islands. Work hard and earn things, stop hurting your head over things you cannot control. WORK TOGETHER, all of us gone be past tense when the time comes. Some of us name will never mention in the bvi if we aim do positive and constructive things…father bless and protect us from theses dead weather that is passing thru the region!!!!1

  10. hmmmmmmmmm says:

    getting a job is one thing keeping it is another by all means or the employer cant pay then what

  11. Waiting to invest says:

    Some of us business owners who have been here for over two decades without status are waiting for the Premier’s promised status to invest and expand our businesses, creating more jobs. Without the incentive of status it is unrealistic to expect any business owner to “gamble” on government’s good will. Get on with Fast-Track and jobs will be created. We want willing local employees, not expats!

  12. Lol says:

    I would have been happy if it was done the right way. He have a mandate and he do not care who he destroy in the process.

    Taking ppl out to put in food for taught

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