Wednesday, September 11, 2013

BTVI continues partnership with Bahamian Contractors' Association

CONTRACTOR TRAINING – The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) is conducting a training and certification course for Level 1 contractors.  The course is in conjunction with The Bahamian Contractors Association and is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Shown here with some of the participants is facilitator and architect, Shelton Maycock.

by Hadassah Hall,
Public Relations Officer,

BTVI leads way in training local contractors

With the need to provide training to local contractors on current trends including technology and legal aspects facing construction company management, 18 people are participating in the fifth and final cohort for the Level 1 contractor training and certification being held at  The Bahamas Technical and  Vocational Institute (BTVI).

BTVI is facilitating the training in conjunction with The Bahamian Contractors’ Association (BCA). The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided funding to design and deliver the training and certification courses for the Level 1 through 3 building contractors being held at the Old Trail Road  campus. Since the program’s inception in April, 102 people have been trained.

BTVI’s Dean of Construction Workforce, Alexander Darville, acknowledged that the course is only the tip of what is necessary in the field. “I’m seeing this as being the gateway for the future of becoming a licensed contractor,” he stated.

Additionally, BCA president, Godfrey Forbes, admitted that there are contractors who have perfected  the craft, but the shortcoming for many is lack of administrative skills. There is reportedly 3,000 Level 1 and 2 contractors approved by the Ministry of Housing.  They are not only building contractors, but  include electrical, plumbing and drywall contractors, among others.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – A training course designed primarily for practicing contractors is focusing strongly on administrative skills. It is being facilitated by The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), in conjunction with The Bahamian Contractors’ Association (BCA).  BCA president,  Godfrey Forbes is pictured here speaking with participant, Kemuel N. Knowles.

“Many contractors are seen as mere tradesmen, although they have worked in the field for year this training will help streamline the industry,” said Mr. Forbes. The present 40-hour Level 1 training will cover topics such as estimating works, tendering, contract negotiation, project administration and finance among other crucial aspects of the field. Participants must pass the final exam with at least 70 percent.

“For practicing contractors who have a minimum of three years experience, they will become certified Level 1 contractors; for others who have less practice, but want to learn the administrative arm, they will receive a certificate of completion,” explained Mr. Forbes.  “Our concern is dealing with the masses, which are at Level 1.  There would be a smoother transition going to a more advanced level,” he added.

Building contractor for the past five years, Nevin Winters is excited about enhancing his knowledge and performance in the industry.  “I believe it will help me to deliver better-quality work,” said Winters, owner of New Era Builders.

Meanwhile, Kemuel N. Knowles is convinced that the program will complement the cabinet-making and mill work classes he completed at BTVI 15 years ago.  “I feel this will elevate me, as I do carpentry,  roofing and masonry on the side.  It will make me more marketable,” he said.

For more information, contact
Ms. Hadassah Hall, Public Relations Officer
The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute
Ph: 502-6300 ext. 4373