PLP Commends America’s Cup STEM Initiative

May 6, 2015

The Shadow Minister for Human Affairs Rolfe Commissiong with responsibility for Workforce Development has commended America’s Cup Bermuda and the America’s Cup Executive Authority on their stated commitment to community outreach and the empowerment of our young people.

The PLP said, “The recent announcement by the chairman of the ACBDA, Mr. Peter Durhager that the America’s Cup community outreach programme will include initiatives such as Science Technology, Engineering and Math [STEM] programmes along with sailing and community outreach classrooms is certainly a reflection of that commitment.

“We urge Bermudian families to encourage their children to get involved and facilitate their participation as this represents a golden opportunity for them from a developmental standpoint.

“We also urge ACBDA to ensure that underserved communities throughout Bermuda are part of their community outreach as their efforts should reflect the rich diversity that is Bermuda.

“The Progressive Labour Party has consistently sounded the clarion call for STEM based learning to take place at all levels of our education system as we believe that it will only enhance our global competitiveness.

“We have also strongly recommended that the private sector play its role in tandem with the education system in facilitating STEM learning and related training initiatives in order to enhance our overall workforce development goals.

“Similarly, the proposed sailing programme can provide a positive immersion for our young people that may engender a life long love of the sea and even be the first step that may result later, in rewarding careers for some as professional merchant seamen.

“The excellent “Maritime Cadet Programme” that the Workforce Development Department facilitates at Prince Edward Island Canada comes readily to mind in this regard. Over the last 5-6 years a small but growing number of young Bermudians have been able to obtain their qualifications and are now serving as junior officers on merchant ships that ply the world.

“Our “Vision 2025” plan recently outlined in our budget reply places workforce development and our commitment to STEM learning front and centre as being a key part of our global competiveness strategy for Bermuda; and we encourage Bermudians to take a look at the “Vision 2025” plan at www.plp.bm.”

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  1. aceboy says:

    Our “Vision 2025” plan recently outlined in our budget reply places workforce development and our commitment to STEM learning front and centre as being a key part of our global competiveness strategy for Bermuda; and we encourage Bermudians to take a look at the “Vision 2025” plan at http://www.plp.bm.”

    STEM is not mentioned at all in the 2025 Vision statement.

  2. Inabermystylie says:

    Vision 2025…what a joke!!!! PLP upset that OBA hasn’t fixed anything in 2 years, and spew rhetoric of incompetence, etc…but they expect us Bermudians to jump on their band wagon for them to fix their own mess in 10 years. Bunch of lying jokers…if you buy into this garbage you are truly a fool! If you vote for these people who spew this garbage you need to have your head examined!

  3. Inabermystylie says:

    I will also say that I applaud the Minister (one of the few times I have) for his comments and enthusiasm for this event…America’s Cup is for all Bermudians.

  4. In 10 yrs this so called “vision” maybe attainable. I quote Shadow Minister for Human Affairs Rolfe Commissiong “Vision 2025 plan recently outlined in our budget reply places workforce development and our commitment to STEM learning front and centre as being a key part of our global competiveness strategy for Bermuda; and we encourage Bermudians to take a look at the “Vision 2025” plan at http://www.plp.bm
    Excuse me Mr. Commissiong sir but, don’t you and others in the Progressive Labour Party feel you’re being a bit too optimistic expecting the Government,(O.B.A.) to fulfill a 10 year plan in just 2 years or even 5 years? If the P.L.P. were unable to do better in the decade plus time as they’d been Bermuda’s Government then what has changed to make the P.L.P. capable of achieving their goals as you’ve mentioned?