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BTVI and Labour Ministry to rekindle partnership
By Shantique Longley
Sep 1, 2017 - 4:30:47 PM

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Left to right: Ministry of Labour Administrative Officer/Scribe, Shavonne Symonette; BTVI Associate Vice President of Fund Development, Alicia Thompson; Minister of Labour, The Honorable Dion Foulkes; BTVI President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson; BTVI Dean of Student Services, Racquel Bethel; BTVI Dean of Construction Trades and Workforce Development, Alexander Darville and Ministry of Labour Assistant Director, Morgan Graham. 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.  

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