Education Minister Myron Walwyn wants H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) graduates included in the controversial Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency legislation.
Walwyn said if the legislation passes and the Agency is established, the Agency should facilitate jobs and job-training for HLSCC graduates and students during the recovery process.
“I want to see that when the Agency is looking for consultants, the college is right there. The college has more degrees per capita than anywhere in the whole of the BVI.”
“Engage them and use them because they are there. The skills are there [and] rather than taking in everybody from all over the place, let the college make some money,” Walwyn said.
The minister said implementing the UK-mandated Agency is also a perfect opportunity to initiate an apprenticeship programme.
He said under the programme, inexperienced youths would be brought on job sites to learn a trade.
“We have to find a way to see within those regulations if we can pair people with the contractors to learn something and make a little living as well. I want to see that happening,” the minister said.
Walwyn further recommended that a ‘young local’ be selected to be a member of the Agency.
The Agency will have full control over how funds for territorial recovery are spent.
“If we building back this country for them (youth) and they are not involved in it, we have a problem,” Walwyn reasoned.
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