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Gov’t hopes to train 1,000 students in construction

The Ministry of Education said it is hoping to train at least 1,000 students from the new construction courses to be offered at H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC).

The courses will be offered over a six-month period from November 2017 to May 2018, and will be free for some students.

The college will offer courses in 10 construction-related areas. They names of these courses are: Window Installation, Door Installation, Understanding Construction Basics for Home Owners, Managing Construction Projects, Building Refresher Course for Contractors, Basic Electricity, Basic Plumbing, Generator Maintenance and Repair & Construction Estimating, and Project Management.

“I have asked for these programmes to be done free of cost to the eligible participants,” said Education Minister Myron Walwyn.

“It is my intention as minister with the responsibility for Youth Affairs to encourage as many young persons as possible to sign up. We also intend to dovetail this programme with a paid apprenticeship programme through the Youth Employment Services Unit,” he added.

Walwyn had announced weeks ago that HLSCC was implementing construction courses because of the new demand for building professionals, and the increase in unemployment since the hurricanes.

Registration for construction courses opens on November 15 for students on Tortola and November 17 for students on Virgin Gorda.


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