Welders take part in US training programme
A group of local welders have travelled to the US for a training course in a new programme developed by the Department of Workforce Development and the Construction Association of Bermuda.
The programme aims to enable individuals to acquire specific skills in the short-term.
Held in Atlanta, Georgia, it began on May 1 and will continue until June 17. The nine certified welders are the first to take part in the programme.
Minister of home affairs Patricia Gordon-Pamplin said: “This is another initiative that the Department and CAB have successfully implemented to equip and train Bermudians for jobs in the industry.
“Based on the findings of the team, it was determined that more local Certified Structural Steel Erectors are required in Bermuda. This opportunity serves to minimise the issuance of work permits over time.
“Upon completion of the programme, participants will be in a stronger position to apply for work opportunities. Both organisations are working steadily to maintain the momentum to ‘recruit Bermuda'.”
Ms Gordon-Pamplin added: “The demand for certified professionals today is unprecedented. Local and overseas organisations are placing greater emphasis on the importance of certifications. These individuals will undoubtedly become pacesetters and role models to their peers in industry.”
The fully-funded programme is estimated to cost approximately $11,000 per individual which includes airfare, accommodation, course fees and basic safety — CPR/First Aid, explained a Government spokesperson.
“The programme requires participants to attend classes six days a week for 10 hours for a period of seven weeks. The curriculum for this programme is based on the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Level 2 standard. Thirty-seven modules will be delivered in Structural Ironworker Level 1; Structural Ironworker Level 2 and Advanced Rigger.
“On completion of the coursework, participants are expected to sit a two hour examination to prove their proficiency and competence. In addition, they are required to complete rigger and welding performance tasks to obtain the certification.”