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Training programmes to get people back to work announced by minister

Jason Hayward, the Minister of Labour (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Workforce training programmes to help the unemployed return to the job market will be available as early as next week, the Minister of Labour announced today.

Jason Hayward told the House of Assembly that the programmes would offer training for sectors such as commercial cleaning, computer literacy and landscaping.

He added that a training programme would also be offered to recent college and university graduates to help them find employment in their area of study.

My Hayward said: “We recognise that providing access to training opportunities to retool and upskill, strategically positions individuals on a path to re-enter the workforce and develop sustainable careers.”

The programmes are part of the labour ministry’s re-employment strategy to help displaced workers “re-enter the workforce and develop sustainable careers”.

The strategy was designed to focus on “employer engagement”, in addition to employee training.

Mr Hayward said that many of the training programmes aligned with the expanded closed work permit job category classifications outlined by the Department of Immigration, which included commercial cleaners, administrative assistants and landscape gardeners.

He added that Government funding would also be considered for people in need of financial assistance who wanted to join a training programme.

Mr Hayward said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our industry partners and training providers for their commitment and work with the Ministry of Labour and the Department of Workforce Development to ensure that Bermudians are adequately trained and positioned for employment opportunities.

“I would also like to thank the team at the Department of Workforce Development for the work that they continue to do to ensure Bermudians return to work.

“They have worked tirelessly since the onset of the pandemic and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.”

Anyone who wants to register should visit the Bermuda Job Board website or call 297-7714 by next Monday.

To view the full ministerial statement, click on the PDF link under “Related Media“

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Published November 13, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Updated November 13, 2020 at 6:54 pm)

Training programmes to get people back to work announced by minister

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