Video: Minister On Solar Course Training

July 28, 2021

[Updated] Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban is holding a press conference this morning [July 28] to introduce a Solar Training Course with the National Center for Construction Education and Research [NCCER]. We will have additional coverage later on and in the meantime the live video is below.

Update: The live broadcast has concluded and the 13-minute replay is below

Update 2.00pm: Minister Roban’s remarks:

Good day to all members of the media and the listening public.

Last week, in a partnership with Connectech, twenty local students completed training and are now preparing for their final exams to become certified Level One Solar Installers.

The students are currently preparing to take their final exams for the course later this month. These training spots were hotly contested with over one hundred and fifty applicants but space for only twenty.

Understanding that many applied that did not meet the essential criteria for the course, of having some electrical and construction experience, the Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to help fix this challenge through the Department of Energy.

I am pleased to announce today the initiative that the Department of Energy will be undertaking with the Construction Association of Bermuda. A course of study through the NCCER, the National Center for Construction Education and Research, will be offered this fall.

Solar Training Course Press Conference Bermuda July 2021

The NCCER is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a safe, productive and sustainable workforce of craft professionals, with a vision to provide universally recognized training in various construction sciences. The NCCER is sponsored locally by the Construction Association, and today we have with us one of the NCCER’s Master Trainers, Mr. Patrick Caton.

While we are still working out the details, I can share a few of the highlights. Firstly, the course will be offered to those who have no experience in the building trades whatsoever. The only requirement will be to have basic numeracy and literacy skills, which one might acquire with a basic high school diploma or equivalent. Secondly, unlike last week’s solar training intensive, held over five days, this course will take at least 200 hours and require a firm commitment from the participants.

Starting with the basics of site safety and moving onto equipment operation and mathematics in construction, students will complete module after module they achieve the equivalent of a Level One Solar Installer Certification.

I am particularly excited about the modularity of the NCCER courses and the opportunity for students to add on additional training modules later. This training will stand participants in good stead, whether or not they focus exclusively on solar installations. The best part of all of this is that it will be offered free of charge to participants. For this reason, I wanted to talk about it today to ensure that those interested had the opportunity to submit their information in good time. Effective immediately until the 31st of August, I will ask that you submit your request only once, including your name, contact information, and a brief description of your current situation to Those who had applied for the last week’s course but who were not selected need not apply again.

We will focus on those who are presently unemployed, followed by the underemployed, and then other suitable candidates as space allows.

Once again, that’s to apply for this exciting new program, or to ask any questions.

Thank you and I wish all of Bermuda a safe, healthy, and enjoyable Emancipation, Mary Prince and Cup Match holiday.

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  1. dunn juice says:

    So similiar to the crypto currency training..
    of no use.

  2. Ringmaster says:

    Sounds a bit like the days when IT was promoted and dozens of Bermudians enrolled and qualified. Unfortunately by then the jobs had been outsourced off island so there were no jobs for them. How many jobs are there in solar before saturation?

  3. Question says:

    I hope he has more success at this than his failed 10-year project to make Bermuda a centre of the space industry. All those taxpayer trips to watch launches and attend Space conferences in Paris, etc. Failure.

  4. wing nut says:

    Have we got our satellite in space yet?? Hope not cause left a bunch of cadets behind.