BTIA Holding Forum On Technical Education

August 31, 2016

The Bermuda Technical Institute Alumni [BTIA] is urging political and business leaders, along with educators, to consider the merits of the syllabus of technical education offered by the former Bermuda Technical Institute as a means of tackling the problem of youth unemployment in the community.

In order to explore the topic, a forum will be held tonight [Aug 31] at 8.00pm at Cathedral Hall.

A spokesperson said, “The BTIA is adamant that such a system, updated to include the expanded fields of Information Technology, and the various disciplines created in this digital era, could form part of the solution to the growing unemployment problem and related anti-social behavior, challenging the community.

“The cry for practical action, comes on the heels of another spate of deadly violence in Bermuda, and coincides with the B.T.I.A. reunion marking the 60 year anniversary of the Bermuda Technical Institute.

“The highly successful B.T.I. was closed down in 1972.

“This initiative is designed to prepare the next generation for the new wave of technical education, and ultimately the job market.

“Former Member of Parliament and Bermuda Industrial Union president, Mr. Ottiwell Simmons; businessman David Sullivan; businessman and former M.P. and Senator Reginald Burrows, and seasoned educator Shawnette Somner who works within the corrections department, will join a panel of Tech Alums addressing the topic during a forum Wednesday of this week [August 31st] at the Cathedral Hall in Hamilton.

“The tech alums will speak to the mentoring; the personal development; the life experiences; and the molding of young minds needed to enable them to thrive in a global environment.

“BTIA spokesperson for the forum, Rick Richardson, notes the theme is ‘Bermuda Technical Institute, 60 Years On – Where To From Here?’

“The related topics include B.T.I. as a concept-the reason for its success; the real story-told by Tech Alums; the formative years-those pioneers were they visionaries or social engineers?; tech in 21st century Bermuda- can it work? If not why not, if so what will it take to serve modern day Bermuda; and tech as part of the solution to the anti-social behavior and violence.

“The range of topics will be examined in the Wednesday night forum at 8.00pm Cathedral Hall. All Alumni will be invited to the reunion on September 6th at the Fairmont Southampton at 7.00pm.

“BTIA co-chairmen, Delmonte Davis, and Norbert Simmons, have extended an invitation to the community to get involved in the Wednesday night forum which is open to the public.

“The Bermuda Tech Alumni are encouraged to attend the September 6th event at the Fairmont Southampton. Tickets are available through”

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  1. stunned... says:

    instead of talking, let’s try doing. for years there has been talk of the value of the Bermuda Technical Institute. there is nothing stopping interested parties in creating a charter school to implement the curriculum they want to offer. then, when they can demonstrate success in the way of producing competent and qualified graduates, the charter school can approach the Ministry for Education for funding. #waytoomuchtalking