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Power of apprenticeships highlighted by Belco

Jason Hayward, the labour minister, with Wayne Caines, the president of Belco and other staff with the latest group of company apprentices (Photograph supplied)

A 15-strong group of new Bermudian apprentices was unveiled by power firm Belco today.

The four year programme will offer a mix of hands-on training and classroom work with apprentices earning as they learn.

A total of 14 men and one woman were selected out of 180 applicants for the training scheme.

The apprentices will spend eight months in Bermuda learning about Belco operations before they travel overseas to continue their studies.

Recruitment was led by Nadir Wade, the bulk generation managing director, in a joint effort with the Department of Workforce Development.

Apprentices are assessed for jobs at the company including electrical fitters, mechanical fitters, line workers and electrical jointers after they complete the course.

Wayne Caines, Belco’s president, welcomed the new apprentices to the programme, which has been running for more than 30 years.

Many of the company’s full-time staff began as apprentices.

This year’s Belco apprentices announced

The 15 successful candidates were Cornell Young, Daiquin Jennings-Arorash, Dylan Furbert, Eusebio Blankendal, Fernando Brown, Freeman Lema, Gaiya Melokot, Jacari Renfroe, JahKari Furbert, Kalae Fox, Leano Ming, Malik Smith, Martin Gutt, Zaren Bennett, Zebediah Rawlins

Jason Hayward, the labour minister, said: “This is an awesome opportunity to build a pathway to a lifelong career and I encourage these apprentices to make the most of this programme.”

Mr Hayward added the Government’s re-employment strategy would be joined by a youth employment scheme designed to equip young people for the workforce.

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Published December 13, 2021 at 4:36 pm (Updated December 14, 2021 at 11:16 pm)

Power of apprenticeships highlighted by Belco

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