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’Unemployment is for who don’t want to be employed’- Hospitality manager

- 'If such jobs exist make them known,' says Hon Andrew A. Fahie
As the debate continues about unemployment and job opportunities within the Virgin Islands, a manager in the hospitality industry thinks young people need to take whatever jobs are available until they get what they want. Photo: VINO/File
According to a hospitality manager in the Virgin Islands, young people need to qualify themselves for the jobs that are available, including in the yachting industry. Photo: VINO/File
According to a hospitality manager in the Virgin Islands, young people need to qualify themselves for the jobs that are available, including in the yachting industry. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) believes that if many job opportunities exist within the hospitality industry then persons should make them known to all by contacting all the relevant hiring agencies, both Government and non-Government. Photo: VINO/File
Opposition Member Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) believes that if many job opportunities exist within the hospitality industry then persons should make them known to all by contacting all the relevant hiring agencies, both Government and non-Government. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As the debate continues about unemployment and job opportunities within the Virgin Islands, a manager in the hospitality industry thinks young people need to take whatever jobs are available until they get what they want.

The manager, who has asked not to be named at this time, said she was moved to comment, not in the form of a blog but in a more objective way, having read in the local media about the recently concluded job fair hosted in the First District by Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

‘No employment in the VI’

“There is no unemployment in the BVI. Unemployment is for who don’t want to be employed. I didn’t want to blog it but it’s the fact. I am a BVIslander [and] I am in the hospitality industry. I know what is going on. BVIslanders need to change their mentality. That’s what the whole thing is about,” said the woman.

According to the hospitality manager, one of the issues is that persons are not willing to relocate to sister islands to take up employment and business owners are left with no alternative but to bring in labour from outside of the territory.

“There are jobs you know, but the thing is that people are not willing to re-locate. So then you have people from other Caribbean islands willing to relocate and they come in and they are finding employment,” said the concerned manager.

“People in the BVI need to know that there has been a shift in the industry, meaning that people from Virgin Gorda go down to Tortola to work but they can’t get people from Tortola to come Virgin Gorda to work.”

‘Re-qualify yourselves’

It is the manager’s opinion also that persons need to re-qualify themselves to suit the job market in the VI. “The young people need to get re-qualified for what is in the market, what the market is calling for. In this industry (hospitality) we have jobs for chefs, cooks, we can’t find nobody to fill those jobs, boat captains that’s rampant. The young people need to make themselves marketable based on what’s available here. They need to work with what the market is offering,” she added.

Giving the scenario of the 9/11 tragedy in the United States of America (USA) when hundreds of persons lost their jobs, the woman recalled a reporter asking a certified accountant if he was offered a non-accounting job whether he would he accept. “He said yes he was willing to flex. People in the BVI need to be willing to flex themselves, work with what is there.”

‘Make all job opportunities known’

Contacted for a comment on the hospitality manager’s opinion, Hon Fahie said that if such jobs exist within the hospitality industry then persons should make them known to all by contacting all the relevant hiring agencies, both Government and non-Government, “including myself to have those employment opportunities published so that young and old can see them and apply.”

Hon Fahie argued that when the aforementioned is done then and only then can one be able to accurately conclude if what is being said is factual or not.

‎Asked whether he thinks young people would be willing to accept jobs outside what they had initially studied for, Hon Fahie replied, “It is not a matter of what I think. It is matter of having the employment opportunities in such areas widely circulated and then leave it up to the youth to see if they will take advantage of such opportunities.”

13 Responses to “’Unemployment is for who don’t want to be employed’- Hospitality manager”

  • Xxx (24/10/2015, 09:03) Like (21) Dislike (11) Reply
    talk that but the reality on the ground is much different LOCAL NEED NOT APPLY
    • John doe (24/10/2015, 10:04) Like (24) Dislike (24) Reply
      The problem with locals is they want high profile office jobs with no credentials or experience to back it up. Expatriats will end up taking all the jobs leaving the locals unemployed. I am a hotel manager too and I notice these things happening as it pertains to the locals and they need to get rid of this born here mentality. Unemployment is really indeed for those who wants to be unemployed.
    • True (24/10/2015, 13:09) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
      the lady hit the nail on the head. I offered jobs on Virgin Gorda no one wanted them and now on Anegada been offering jobs for over a year, good pay and live in and still no locals want the jobs. FACT
    • @ xxx (25/10/2015, 09:16) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      you speaking good you speaking the truth
  • Beige (24/10/2015, 10:45) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Those in authority keep burying their heads in the sand and believe if they don't see what is going on, that nobody else will.
  • LOL (24/10/2015, 11:09) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    if you dont teach the children from young to love their home and give back in ways that help their homes, all of them will be white washed into being collar criminals and boogie tight necks behind desks actin like they know something but just giving orders. Tortola is a place where people like status. yall only got urselves to blame because no schools around here from the elementary level focus on such things.
  • a better life (24/10/2015, 14:10) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    The BHD use to work in the past. Its not working now. Employers need on the job results. And discipline. Every country you go to locals are the same. That's why foreigners do so well in other people country. They go with a mind set to work and make their life better.
    • . (25/10/2015, 17:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Keep singing that globalization tune you evil biotch. New World Order. Jobs go to the lowest bidder, wherever they come from, and the only ones getting richer are the rich.
  • facts (24/10/2015, 15:34) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    This article makes me smile. Truth be told there are many jobs out there, local people jus dont want whats available especially the younger generation they dont understand you have to start somewhere. I myself often check for jobs in papers or at labour dept. to see whats goin on. But there are jobs and if our locals refuse to fill them its obvious the employers will accept whoever shows interest. Philipinos are now taking over why? They are cheap labour and they dnt fuss, they know they have to work to eat and support their family. Locals like too much hanouts and if some parents make their LAZY kids het up off their counch n look work from giving them everything they want the bvi would be a lot further...
    • hey (25/10/2015, 17:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Filipinos are taking over the world, not just the BVI. Do you think this conversation isn't happening everywhere? This is what the world leaders want, and I don't mean the ones we elect, I mean the ones that they obey. As long as they can employ the cheapest and easiest employees on the planet, their wealth increases. But what about the rest of us? Do we have the right to an honest living in our own country? The Prime Minister of Canada just lost his 12 year leadership over this same issue. He had a secret 'temporary foreign worker" program to fill every entry level job with Filipinos while his own countrymen went jobless. And when the public found out, he was finished. Voted out. BVIslanders, do the same.
  • say so (24/10/2015, 16:29) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    @john doe Dont care for your opinion cause you are a big Manager and are you looking persons who are seeking employment? Didnt hear you say that.
  • ABC (24/10/2015, 16:40) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Next!
  • LOL (25/10/2015, 02:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo go to miss P for a job because she said and i quote "the economy is good, jobs for all"


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