Two young Bermudians pursuing careers as Power Engineers will benefit from a joint Government initiative to fill jobs with Bermudians.
Speaking at a joint news conference held at the Tynes Bay Waste to Energy Facility on Thursday (August 22), Public Works Minister Lieutenant Colonel David Burch said there are “three vacant Power Engineering Positions” currently available.
The job “requires qualified Power Engineers to fill the Process Controller posts”.
Accompanied by his Ministerial colleague Lovitta Foggo, Minister of of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports and other officials, Power Engineering candidates Marcal Wilkinson and Hezekiah Rampersad, were formally introduced to the media.
Recapping the history on “how we arrive at this place”, Minister Burch said prior to the 2007 individuals who obtained Power Engineering licenses from Canada through “a training program initiative set up through the Government of Bermuda”.
“These are the kind of success stories that the Ministry of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports and government must champion,” she said.
“This specific training programme was initiated last year in an effort to address the division’s future employee needs.
“Natural attrition and the competition for employees in the local and global marketplace led the Management of the Tynes Bay Waste to Energy Facility to look at their training projections and their need for Power Engineers at their facility.
“During an information session that was hosted in 2018, we invited individuals to come and learn about power engineering and related fields,” she added.
Once the candidates were shortlisted, the Department of Workforce Development “then engaged the Cambrian College of Applied Arts & Technology:.
“The school’s curriculum is endorsed by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) a standard accepted for Power Engineers working in Canada and Bermuda,” said Ms Foggo.
“This same programme will help these young men to maximize their career opportunities by preparing them to challenge the various TSSA examinations after each year level.
“Ultimately, the aim is to prepare them for supervisory and management roles in power plants and other industrial settings.
“As has been demonstrated by highlighting the achievements of Marcal and Hezekiah – this Government remains heavily vested in developing Bermuda’s youth. And we are pleased that we are able to support their growth in this way,” she added.
“As I close, I should note that Hezekiah participated in our Summer Employment Programme a couple of years ago.
“We view our Summer Internship Programme and our Summer Employment Programme as excellent opportunities for our young people to build experience in their respective areas of study.
“As a result, our students are better equipped to make more informed choices about their future studies and career path. So congratulations to you both.
“Lastly, I must extend my thanks to those who have helped make our training and development initiatives a success. Special thanks of course to the individuals at the Department of Workforce Development, including Mr Kenneth Bartram, for continuing to go above and beyond to help young Bermudians.
“We will continue to provide our young people with career support and guidance.”
- Feature Photos Courtesy of DC: Ministers Lt Col David Burt & Lovitta Foggo with Chief Engineer, Mr Kirk Outerbridge, Acting Plant Manager, Nasir Wade, Operations Engineer, Stuart Matthews,Acting Director of Work Force Development, Dr Patricia Chapman, Acting Training manager at Work Force Development, Mr Kenneth Bartram, and of course the men of the hour Marcal Wilkinson and Hezekiah Rampersad