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Take ‘a serious look’ @ how work permits are issued- Hon Maduro-Caines

- said persons returning from studying abroad should not have to wait a very long time to be employed
Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines has called on Government to ‘take a serious look at how work permits are being issued’ in the Virgin Islands, emphasising that Virgin Islanders and Belongers must not be denied employment opportunities. Photo: GIS/File
Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines has said it is the time of year when students are graduating from their respective schools and she is very worried they will end up being unable to find jobs in the territory. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines has said it is the time of year when students are graduating from their respective schools and she is very worried they will end up being unable to find jobs in the territory. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI –Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines made a very firm representation in the Seventh Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly (HoA) on Tuesday June 6, 2017, calling on Government to “take a serious look at how work permits are being issued” in the Virgin Islands.

Hon Maduro-Caines noted it is the time of year when students are graduating from their respective schools and she was very worried they would end up being unable to find jobs in the territory.

According to the Sixth District Representative, “Some 100 plus children will be graduating from HLSCC (H. Lavity Stoutt Community College) this year. We have another set that’s going to be graduating from the high school, and another set returning home from college (abroad). What plans do we have for these children in terms of work? I think we have to take a serious look at how work permits are being issued in this country.”

She noted that the Prime Minister of Bahamas, Dr Hubert A. Minnis, gave a statement that no work permits will be issued if the Bahamians are capable to do the jobs.

The Virgin Island Constitution has a similar requirement that gives priority to belongers.

Additionally, Mrs Maduro-Caines suggested that not all locals who study abroad are reluctant to return home, and those who return should not spend a long period of time unemployed.

‘We have to fix this’

“We cannot afford to be sending our children away to school, coming back with these Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees and sit for years without getting a job. So, we have to, as a government, fix this.”

She continued, “A lot of children will be coming home. It’s not every child that goes away want to stay away but some feel they have no choice but to stay because they come home and they can’t get a job. So I am hoping that this would get sorted out in the near future.”

In recalling a conversation with Honorable Ronnie W. Skelton, the Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Maduro-Caines said he pointed out that “we are our own enemies.”

In response to his statement, she argued that people in the territory are not confident in their own people to hold certain jobs. She added that the committees are referring non belongers in positions that natives should be placed in.

“We have to have the confidence in our people that when we send them away to study to do a certain job, that when they come back, they can take up these positions and run that department or that agency as effective as anybody else from overseas.”

31 Responses to “Take ‘a serious look’ @ how work permits are issued- Hon Maduro-Caines”

  • Bout time! (13/06/2017, 08:04) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    You'll get serious bout tis ting!
  • Zone 6 (13/06/2017, 08:36) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    She is right
  • brain storm (13/06/2017, 09:04) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    When will you all wake up and see that this lady kist like the rest lf her colleagues are up to no good. She is apart lf the government and playing mind games just like the pompous education funny man.

    Don't fall for statements that they already know about and can't get under control so the easy way out is to make you think that they are on top of it. They are below it because they don't have an answer to the many unsolved issues in the territory.

    Like Donald Trump I consider them to be FAKE POLITICIANS!
  • Ya me born (13/06/2017, 09:06) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like I said before, I work in the marine charter industry and you have employers who bring in workers with little or no experience in the marine industry on work permits..these people would then learn the trade while here..I'll say again that it is wrong..lots of my people seem to think it's perfectly fine
  • pat (13/06/2017, 09:21) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    But the powers that be will not do it; they love expats
  • student (13/06/2017, 09:31) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look at the job fair, the young people wants WORK. It's so funny when they saying Tortola young people don't want work, bull crap sometime on the jobs they treat them like animals just for them to leave, secondly no one is training our young people on the jobs. Please help us all we are trying but no one hears or cry.
    • nope (13/06/2017, 10:57) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply

      Most of them want JOBS, not WORK, there is a difference. When you start your own business and experience the f@#&*ry first hand then you can talk!

  • True (13/06/2017, 09:44) Like (15) Dislike (26) Reply
    The problem is everyone wants the top jobs they have no experience in and no one wants the domestic jobs, the low paying entry jobs, if they did the work permit issuing would reduce dramatically.

    Society is telling everyone that they can make it, be their own boss, get everything they want. They forget to mention all the hard work it takes to get there. All the local successful businesses didn't become this way overnight, long hours are required and how are they able to do this and maintain their snapchat, instagram and facebook posts....
    • @True (13/06/2017, 11:31) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not all so. Let us not all generalize. The fact that our youths are able to complete a secondary education, bachelors, masters, and PhDs, prove that our people have the required discipline, resilience, and sweat equity to succeed. A possible factor in not succeeding maybe their barriers to entry. We seriously need the data to assess these problems.
    • Native W/Indian (13/06/2017, 12:55) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ True. GO TO H€LL!
    • Excuses (13/06/2017, 23:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Is this why college graduates can't get work? Which college did you attend?
  • Smile (13/06/2017, 10:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is so true honorable Maduro-Caines. Over 20 work permit being issue every month. What about our very own.
  • good book (13/06/2017, 10:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Election must be in the air....i say no more
  • Pye-Assing (13/06/2017, 10:54) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hon. Caines you speak to the issue of Work Permits, yet you recall a conversation with Hon. Vanterpool, and not even one with Dr. Pickering...

    Speaking about working, unless the locals get a fat pay check for little work and off on a weekend, they will not work...
    check the stats
  • @ True (13/06/2017, 11:04) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD! The advent of technology has been good and bad for this generation! Sadly the need to keep up with multiple social media pages is the priority of many young people causing them to lose focus! If they have to put down that phone for 4 hours to work in the morning, by the time they check in they are so far behind the 'happenings' so instead they are caught up in the phones even while on your job. When you tell them anything about it, they say they from here and they're not a slave. Let them keep it up! Instead of Alvera and colleagues being real with the people and telling them to pull up their socks, she is talking about stopping permits? Alvera knows full well just simply stopping the issuance of work permits will NOT help BVIslanders get more jobs. If you look at the growth and the level of training offered to locals especially in the Financial Services industry, one would see that with proper management, the issuance of permits can work in our favor. Many companies are moving their entire operations overseas so where you would have 10 permit holders and 15 locals as support staff and who can take their knowledge from the job and move to do their own thing, you now have 0 permit holders and 0 locals because the operation has been relocated elsewhere. Not only that, you now have less people renting apartments, going to bars, restaurants, supermarkets, paying SS, NHI, taxes etc. When will we wake up? The Trust Companies are scaling WAY BACK in terms of their BVI operations, but the workload is increasing in terms of BVI company business, nobody is paying attention?
  • voter of #6 (13/06/2017, 11:39) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Poor lady I didn't know she is on the Island. Any way Purcell smell stink I know she would not know that because she don't drive through.Will some one come and rescue us PLEASE PLEASE.
    • job (14/06/2017, 05:52) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Voter of #6, Purcell smell stink all the time, you all need no rescue, that's who you all elected twice so live with it. The poor woman can't even construct a proper sentence yet she is representative of a district, how sad
      • @job (14/06/2017, 21:55) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        You sound like an a**. Is your rep
        An air freshener? You all need to understand the hassle some of those backbenchers is up against when it comes to getting things done in their districts. Can $100,000 do all the work in any district? If the minister for the subject don't give from his capital to help, how the hell would they get things done.
    • @voter of #6 (14/06/2017, 22:01) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Funny you should say you don't see her for I just saw her last week and week before walking through Purcell and Johnson ghut. I guess who wants to see her will see her. Obviously you are one who don't want to see her. Typical hater!
  • Lord o (13/06/2017, 11:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Simple solution....Make you the minister of Labour and let Him continue to travel the world..
    • @ Lord o (13/06/2017, 20:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      don't forget we need a new minister for education also while you at it
  • Check out (13/06/2017, 11:53) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    The phillipino getting permit too fast , every second their is a new one .... Check vg, Check the stores ..this is not a carribbean country with blacks anymore it's a carribbean country with phillipinos. .. and they are very selfish and racist
    • Online Now (13/06/2017, 13:25) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Oh, the irony of you calling them racist by being racist .... Bring back the Arawaks!
  • Albert (13/06/2017, 13:39) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Are work permits really being issued for the positions that these graduates would be suitable for? If so then they should stop.... however the graduates need to be willing to take positions for which they are 'qualified'..... given they have zero experience that inevitably will be at the bottom.
    • @Albert (13/06/2017, 17:19) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      The reality is that work permits are being issued for store clerks. Nobody is looking for a cousin-family or a friend's daughter to offer them a job. That's what we did back in the day and it is not happening now. It is our fault because the work ethic of most of the work permit holders are better than our own children that are home, but if we continue alienating hundreds of boys and girls and not offering them these jobs and importing labour, we soon will be taken out of our houses at night and during the night because most of them have expense taste. They will work if the jobs are there. We have to ensure they are working. Now most of them are borrowing motor cycles and heading for the hills to see what they can steal. I think a job at the boating companies, Village Cay and all these places importing people, some who has not even finished High School because they can give them a lower salary better stop or we will regret it, deeply regret it. The fruits of it are already coming home to rouse.
  • Bohannon (13/06/2017, 14:20) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    "In response to his statement, she argued that people in the territory are not confident in their own people to hold certain jobs."

    Yasss ask the hill man in Immigration about that. At one point he was the only one in there with any kind of college degree and speak other languages. Bastards.
  • Troll (13/06/2017, 20:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do people really apply for the jobs where they are of equal qualification to the expats? Scrutinise the system where employers have to submit a copy of every rejection letter to a belonger and come back with hard facts, not supposition.
  • Boo (13/06/2017, 21:15) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good one Alvera! Start with your government departments and statutory boards who insists on hiring expats over qualified locals for professional jobs mostly because of petty jealousy. Try see how you can move some of these useless old decrepit dinosaurs who stifling the young local talent.

    Guess what? They don't need work permits so their decisions meet no scrutiny at all. Force these anti-local departments and statutory boards to pay for work permits at the newer higher rates so that they can stop their crap!
  • Excuses (14/06/2017, 02:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I met a man about two years ago, he was being trained as a boat briefer (i.e. a person who briefs the charter boat customers on the systems on the boat and their functions) at one of the local marinas This man, a Canadian, claimed he had never heard of the title of boat briefer before. These companies train who they want to train.

    Such practice is widespread throughout the Virgin Islands. Employers do as they please. There are few jobs that a college educated person cannot do once the job function is described. We shouldn't expect college graduates to apply for dishwashing work.
  • bbc (14/06/2017, 10:43) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Alvera deserves a Ministry
  • wize up (14/06/2017, 11:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You can not tackle labour and documented works until the education system changes: the education system have to see where the demand for permits come from then set about out the correct education system in place to educate our own people

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