DWD Expands Apprenticeship Training Scheme

August 12, 2020 | 4 Comments

The Ministry of Labour’s Department of Workforce Development [DWD] announced the “expansion of its Apprenticeship Training Scheme and invite key industry stakeholders to join this exciting training and employment initiative.”

A Government spokesperson said, “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 Jason Hayward 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.”

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  1. Dale says:

    It’s important to realize that some instructors, especially in the restaurant field, are under the guidelines of Immigration. We hope to retain a very qualified person to teach our 100% Bermudian staff the trade he knows so well. Will pursue DWD on this matter. Stay tuned…….

  2. Kathy says:

    EXCELLENT EXCELLENT programme and we should expand this significantly.

  3. Floyd says:

    I wonder if the training board has made it clear that an apprentice in training will and should receive apprenticeship pay. Such was the case back in the day.
    Today we see people showing up on job sites with no relevant training or skillsets yet expect to be paid top dollar in the position being applied for. Particularly in the service industry you can’t charge a person out at a certain rate if he cannot perform or see a return at a certain rate, and the wage should reflect that.

  4. Orchid says:

    Valid point. Apprenticeship pay is on average $14 to $15 per hour. Meant for the young entry level with minimum expenses.

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