Government is implementing a policy giving BVIslanders and Belongers first preference for jobs in the marine sector.
This according to the latest Cabinet statements published on June 20.
The statement said: “In an effort to empower the people of the BVI, the Premier’s Office and the Ministry responsible for Labour shall ensure that BVIslanders/Belongers who are trained in the marine sector be given first preference for employment by employers within the marine industry.”
The statements further said government would subsidize training opportunities up to a total of $500,000 each financial year.
These subsidies will be for BVIslanders/Belongers who enrol and complete certification courses in marine-related studies.
The Office of the Premier will also be establishing what Cabinet described as a Referral Registration Programme for persons to register their interests to be trained in the marine industry. This will be launched once government launches it’s related “Back to the Sea” programme by June 30.
The Cabinet statement further said the Premier’s Office will collaborate with training services providers to enrol the first cohort of students at the next intake at the approved institutions.
These decisions follow statements made by Premier Andrew Fahie in early March promising residents that the training opportunities needed to tap into the multimillion-dollar marine industry will be made available.
He also said at the time that he had planned on implementing a ‘transparent and solid policy framework that will guide the development in the territory’.
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