Bermuda govt. commits to ongoing training programmes
HAMILTON, BERMUDA — Young Bermudians who want to boost their chances of being hired for a well-paying job are encouraged to apply for the government’s Skills Development Programme.
Jobseekers aged 16 to 35 have until Friday, January 27, to apply to be part of the next cohort when the training programme resumes in a few weeks’ time.
It aims to provide young jobseekers with the skills they need for gainful employment, as well as transferable skills that will help them network and succeed professionally no matter their prospects.
Commenting on the initiative, Minister of Public Works David Burch said, “The Skills Development Programme (SDP) represents an excellent opportunity for young people to gain valuable lifelong skills while reducing the unemployment rate among young people.”
As he encouraged youngsters to take advantage of this opportunity, he added, “We hope to instil sound values that will help you to develop within the programme, making you more employable for the workforce.”
The government of Bermuda has committed to upping its job training initiatives this year, in an ongoing effort to “meet the demands” of Bermuda’s workforce.
Several of the programmes are also being provided free of charge as the government seeks to entice more residents to take part.
Minister of Economy and Labour Jason Hayward remarked, “The government is committed to ensuring Bermudians are provided with the necessary training to meet the demands of Bermuda’s workforce.
“Providing access to training opportunities that help jobseekers to retool and upskill strategically positions them to secure employment in pursuit of a career in their chosen profession.”
SDP job placement
One of the biggest draws for taking part in the SDP initiative is the high potential for job placement upon successful completion, according to the government.
In a statement calling for applications, the government advised, “The programme, which runs nine months in length, provides a structured arrangement in which young people between the ages of 16 and 35 are trained in the horticulture field and are given assistance in finding employment upon completion.
“Successful completion of the course can lead to full-time employment opportunities.
“After the SDP’s last period, five people achieved full-time jobs with the Department of Parks.”
Further, “In addition to technical skills, the programme also focuses on teaching the participants life skills such as first aid/health and safety, interview skills, budgeting and what to expect in the workplace.”
Interested participants can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to complete an application form.