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College offers tourism courses for unemployed residents

A section of H Lavity Stoutt Community College.

The H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) will be introducing short courses to support the local tourism industry.

HLSCC President Janet Smith said the college will be offering courses in bartending, customer service, yacht crewing, and waitressing.

Smith was addressing the 2018 Standing Finance Committee at the time.

According to the report on the Committee’s deliberations, implementing the aforementioned courses is in response to the number of persons who are either unemployed or underemployed in the territory.

“Another reason is to also recruit because they (the college) really believe that they need to increase the workforce enrolment,” the report said.

Smith did not disclose the cost of the courses during her presentation to the Standing Finance Committee. However, she said the courses are “priced in a way that would allow persons who would have not otherwise considered [it], to attend the college”.

The tourism-related programme is expected to begin around June 2018.

Since the hurricanes, HLSCC has successfully implemented recovery courses to support the marine industry and the construction industry.

According to college records, more than 300 persons enrolled in the free construction programme.

However, the college reported that enrolment was low for the marine programme because of the cost associated with those courses.

The marine programme costs a minimum of $150 per course and there are roughly five courses.

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  1. This too says:

    A course in Customer Service should be added. This should be mandatory for ALL government workers because…

    • Yes says:

      Let’s hire the Four Seasons to train our Customs and Immigration staff on how to great guests. Let’s make arriving in the country a pleasant experience. Does anyone else see an opportunity for improvement?

    • Faith says:

      Did you even read the article. Customer Service is included

  2. Price Please says:

    Could you let the public know the price of these courses as soon as possible please. I enrolled in many of the free courses and they were most beneficial. I don’t mind paying a few dollars for the extra skills.

  3. Hmmm says:

    All of a sudden? After giving people the impression that those jobs were beneath us? Them chickens coming home fast eh?

  4. Like says:

    This course will be wasted on the bvislanders…cause it will be like the culinary school well attended then not utilised because even though they still dont no s@#t and need body(especially white or ..well anybody for that matter goin tell th nothing.The money small..this that..If Tortolian wasnt taking them job when th8ngs were good and plentiful you think them can compete now
    ..this will be great for our new future workers..Dominican and Philapinos.Go get a truck and stick to what you know..nada.

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