Press Release

Premier's Office
BVI Tourist Board
Tourism, Training
Release Date:
Monday, 26 October 2020 - 5:10pm

Twenty-six residents of Jost Van Dyke have received in person training in Restaurant Service under the H. Lavity Stoutt’s Community College (HLSCC) Tourism Certificate Programmme.

This follows Junior Minister for Tourism, Honourable Sharie B. de Castro’s announcement that hospitality training was coming to the island.

Honourable de Castro told residents at a recent community meeting that the training will be conducted on the Sister Island as the Government of the Virgin Islands was making it easier for all industry personnel throughout the Territory to take full advantage of the HLSCC’s Tourism Certification Training Programme.

The Junior Minister said, “The training is on time for December 1 reopening of the Tourism sector and it is the Government’s intention to have persons working in the sector to be qualified with the internationally recognised certification. We will continue to work together to ensure the safety of our guests and Territory as we advance our reopening strategy.”

Honourable de Castro also gave the assurance that the training programme will be conducted on the Sister Islands of Anegada and Virgin Gorda.

Other certifications currently being offered on the island of Jost Van Dyke include Guest Room Attendant from October 27 to 29; Front Desk from November 3 to 5 and Kitchen Cook from November 10 to12.

The Tourism Certification Training Programme was launched on October 9 by the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Stoutt Community in collaboration with the BVI Tourist Board and the Government of the Virgin Islands.

The programme is offered through the Territory’s accredited community college and is developed under the internationally recognised certification “START”- the Skills, Task And Results Training under the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

The course covers 12 of the major line-level positions in the hospitality industry and teaches the skills and tasks necessary to do each task. In addition, the trainee also learns about the lodging industry, guest service, professionalism, and safety.

Interested persons can register here



Photo 1:2- (L-R) Participant and Director, Culinary Arts and Hospitality Services, Mrs. Keisha Davis-Barnes.

Photo 2:2-Scence from training session  on Jost Van Dyke.


Sheriece T. Smith

Information Officer II 
Dept. of Information & Public Relations 
Telephone: 468- 2740