Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bahamian Contractors Association and BTVI collaborate

Left to right: BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades, Alexander Darville; Dean of Student Affairs, Racquel Bethel; BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson; BCA President, Leonard Sands and BTVI’s Associate Vice President, Fund Development, Alicia Thompson.  Photo: Hadassah Hall

President of the Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA), Leonard Sands, recently underscored the importance of the organization and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) working together to further develop trade areas.

During a meeting with BTVI executives, Mr. Sands said students must see the connection between the classroom and their trades.  Therefore, as representative of industry, the BCA proposes to make its presence felt on the campus, holding live demonstrations in labs and workshops.

Mr. Sands then challenged BTVI to consider what is necessary to offer certifications. Noting that the demand in construction is high, he further challenged the team to create a six month carpentry course. Presently, the carpentry course is 18 months for full-time students.

BTVI’s president, Dr. Robert W. Robertson, expressed excitement over further collaboration with the BCA as the institution moves forward, noting that his team will meet on the BCA’s proposals and work quickly to meet the business needs of the construction industry in The Bahamas.