Press Release

Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour
Department of Labour and Workforce Development
Release Date:
Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 4:57pm

The Government of the Virgin Islands is continuing to put measures in place to provide a skilled labour force to assist in the Territory’s recovery efforts

To this end, courses in the construction and marine industries will continue to be offered at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) on Tortola and Virgin Gorda  from April 6 –June 6 and April 10 – 19  respectively.

Courses in construction will be offered from April 6 to June 6 and  include Basic Roof Installation & Repair, Installation and Replacing Doors, Installation & Replacing Windows, Construction & Repair Overview for Homeowners, Managing Construction Projects, Basic Construction Installation, Refreshers Course for Builders, Basic Electricity (House Wiring), Basic Plumbing, Generator Maintenance and Repair. The courses in the Marine field will be offered from April 10 to 19 and includes Marine Painting & Varnishing, Outboard Engine Maintenance and Sailboat Rigging.  Orientation for this course will be held at Nanny Cay on April 5.

The Labour Department, in partnership with HLSCC will be  assisting with the registration process.  BVIslanders/Belongers who are interested in enrolling in any of the upcoming courses should visit the Department of Labour on Tortola and Virgin Gorda and persons on Anegada and Jost Van Dyke are asked to contact their District Office.  Registration will take place from Tuesday, 3rd April to Friday, 6th April from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the lobby area of the Labour Department which is located on the first floor of the Ashley Ritter Building and on Virgin Gorda in Conference Room B on the second floor of the Vanterpool Building.  Persons can also register at both campuses of HLSCC.

Labour Commissioner, Mrs. Janice Rymer said the department continues to receive numerous requests from employers for skilled workers in both areas, so this is a prime opportunity for BVIslanders/Belongers who are unemployed or underemployed following the passages of Hurricanes Irma and Maria to consider a new career path, register for the courses and assist with the rebuilding efforts.

Minister for Natural Resources & Labour, Dr. the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering, highlighted the importance of working in partnership with the business community by imploring employers in both the Construction and Marine industries to contact the department should they require assistance in finding possible candidates to meet their employment needs. 

The Department of Labour remains committed to ensuring that BVIslanders/Belongers are given fair job opportunities while meeting the employment needs of the business community. For further information, please contact the Department of Labour at 284-468-4790.

Attached:  Photograph: Official photo of the Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour


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