Saturday, September 2, 2017
BTVI Pays Courtesy Call to Minister of Labor
Photo: Shantique Longley
Minister of Labour, the Honourable Dion Foulkes, recently pledged to rekindle the ministry’s partnership with The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), thus paving the way for its graduates to have a better chance of obtaining employment.
BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson and a few members of his senior management team paid a courtesy call on the minister and it was then that Minister Foulkes underscored the ministry’s quest to give qualified Bahamians first preference when employers are seeking work permits for foreigners.
During the meeting, the BTVI team and the Minister discussed various investments, partnerships and initiatives of the institution, including the objective to offer City and Guilds Level 3 certifications. It is proposed to initially be offered in Engineering, with the intention of expanding to other trade areas.
Furthermore, the minister was apprised of new programs such as Human Resources Management, Entrepreneurship, Natural and Protective Hair Styling and several new Information Technology programs, including a fully online course.
Dr. Robertson also expressed BTVI’s gratitude for the organizations that continue to support students with scholarship donations, in addition to the partnership with the Grand Bahama Shipyard by way of an apprenticeship program.
He stressed the confidence industry has in BTVI’s training to the extent that graduates are sought after by major companies seeking to hire them before the completion of their programs.