The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s (BTVI) President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson recently challenged over 300 Abaco students to seize up and coming trade opportunities by getting certified. Dr. Robertson was a guest speaker at the virtual Abaco and the Cays District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Ceremony and Exhibition held under the theme, ‘Building bridges, closing gaps… One student at a time.’ CTE is known to increase entrepreneurship, technical competence, national development, economic expansion and sustainability. The enthusiastic high schoolers welcomed Dr. Robertson with questions on career paths and requirements for enrollment in the institute’s National Centre for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification program. In recent years, global trends have led to a demand for both skilled and certified trade professionals and BTVI’s participation in the ceremony and exhibition is one of many activities scheduled to increase public awareness on local industry opportunities.
The NCCER is an internationally recognized accrediting body that has designed standardized training and credentialing programs for more than 70 craft areas. In Abaco, BTVI works alongside the island’s high schools to afford technical training options to students, making them job-ready after graduation. NCCER registration is ongoing and open to individuals across the country.