Cash injection to “re-engage” various community colleges and other training providers with broad spectrum of marine industry jobs

In a bid to generate greater interest in the broad spectrum of marine industry jobs, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) government is launching a two-phase marine industry training program, with hopes that a stronger marine industry will have a broader economic reach nationwide.

Back to the Sea Marine Training begins in September with an influx of money to “re-engage” various community colleges and other training providers, according to BVI Finance Minister, Premier Andrew Fahie.

“The Government will be assisting H.L Stoutt Community College with the necessary resources and needs to fulfill its mandate as the regional centre for excellence for marine studies,” Fahie is quoted in the BVINews.com, adding “the government will be partnering with the stakeholders of the industry who will provide the opportunities for additional training, employment and business networking environments.”

The second phase will launch after the New Year to include scholarships and support for students who go on to advanced training.

The Finance Minister cited the need for trained marine workers in the US, to fill good-paying jobs beyond “deckhands and captains.”

Fahie emphasized that a trained marine infrastructure would have economic impact beyond the marine segment.

“One of the things that vessel owners look for when choosing a port of call or home is trained and experienced human resource support on the ground and on the water. Vessels of various sizes and classes would be attracted to the BVI if the owners know they can find a full crew here.

“These persons will have demand for food, beverages, clothing, marine supplies, long and short-term accommodation, transportation, entertainment and much more,” Fahie said, adding that the marine sector could become the third leading economic driver for the BVI.

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