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Friday, Sep 25, 2020

Department of Workforce Development Expands Apprenticeship Training Scheme

Department of Workforce Development Expands Apprenticeship Training Scheme

The Ministry of Labour’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is pleased to announce the expansion of its Apprenticeship Training Scheme and invite key industry stakeholders to join this exciting training and employment initiative. 

The apprenticeship programme is a formal, structured, earn-and-learn, on-the-job training programme. Each apprentice signs an employment contract for a fixed period with training supported by the government. All apprenticeship training is registered with the DWD and governed by the National Training Board Apprenticeship and Training Regulations 2009.

Over the past three years, the government has demonstrated its commitment to enhancing apprenticeship training opportunities for Bermudians, by increasing its funding and incentive benefits to employers and businesses.

In 2018/19 and 2019/20 government allocated $395,728 for local apprentices. In 2020/21, the amount was increased by $25,000 to $420,728. Of that amount, $50,000 was allocated for overseas apprenticeship training.

As a result of these investments, the DWD has successfully engaged with industry partners and incentivised employers and businesses to hire more full-time Bermudians in apprentice schemes. Now more than ever, Bermudians can receive formal apprenticeship training to become qualified in existing and new occupations.

Currently, the DWD sponsors ninety-five apprentices engaged with twenty businesses. In the coming months, the government aims to expand the apprenticeship training programme to accommodate additional businesses. The ultimate goal is to train individuals in occupations identified as needed in Bermuda to help Bermudians secure employment and grow the island’s economy.

The Minister of Labour, the Hon. Jason Hayward, JP, MP, said, “The Department of Workforce Development Apprenticeship Training Scheme is a proven success. The mutually beneficial employment contract leverages on-the-job vocational and technical training opportunities for Bermudians while providing employers guaranteed payroll tax exemptions.”

“Additionally, the experience of working and collaborating with key industry stakeholders is invaluable to an individual’s growth and development and creates realistic employment opportunities. By connecting Bermudians with employers, thousands of unemployed across the island can begin earning a living and providing for their families.”

“This industry-driven initiative is a great example of employers and the Government working together for the betterment of all. And so I invite businesses, employers, career changers, and job seekers to register.”

To express your interest, businesses and Bermudians may contact the Department of Workforce Development at 297-7716, register on www.bermudajobboard.bm, or email adrichardson@gov.bm for details.

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