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‘When you go to work, work’ – Premier Fahie

- as he urged persons signing on to 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days initiative to show real commitment when employed
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) wants persons placed through the 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days programme to show real commitment. Photo: VINO
 Getting registered for the 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days employment initiative at Central Administration Complex on Wickham’s Cay 1, Tortola, today, August 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Getting registered for the 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days employment initiative at Central Administration Complex on Wickham’s Cay 1, Tortola, today, August 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
The 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days employment initiative was launched at Central Administration Complex on Wickham’s Cay 1, Tortola, on August 21, 2019. Photo: Facebook
The 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days employment initiative was launched at Central Administration Complex on Wickham’s Cay 1, Tortola, on August 21, 2019. Photo: Facebook
WICKHAM’S CAY I, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has assured employees and employers signing on to the 1000 Jobs in 1000 Days initiative launched on August 21, 2019 that the programme is not about filling up space and imposing persons upon businesses.

“Because your Government appreciates that a business has to run like a business and wastage is a drain on the bottom line. Simply put, when you go to work, work,” Hon Fahie urged the more than 200 persons at the job programme launch at Central Administration Complex on Wickham’s Cay I.

According to Premier Fahie, persons placed through the job programme and other initiatives must show real commitment.

“They must make the effort to perform according to expectations. This is why there will be monitoring, as I said before, of employees and employers in the programme.”

Incentives for employers

Premier Fahie also reiterated his earlier promise that Government will offer an incentive to businesses to pay 10% of the annual salary costs in the first year of the programme for all VIslanders and Belongers employed by the businesses and undergo training.

“In the case of employees who are retained for one year or more, government will be paying a one off rebate to the employee of 10% of the employees annual salary up to a ceiling at the end of the employees [first year of] engagement as an incentive to the business to hire our Virgin Islanders and Belongers.

“I look forward to paying 1000 such rebates,” Hon Fahie stated.

Meanwhile, Government will also seek to prepare the participants of the job programme ahead of being employed by requiring them to participate in a one week boot camp which will provide training and other forms of preparations for the world of work.

Expectations from Employers

One the other hand, Premier Fahie said he expects that employers will provide some more measure of on the job training where possible and where applicable.

“I also expect that employers will play a supporting role in helping their charges to succeed and not just for the sake of having them complete the one year. There should be regular performance reviews as is normal human resource management practice. There should be periodic verbal feedback and written feedback on performance, along with advice on how the employee can improve.”

He also said the employer should also look at whatever training can be recommended to assist the employee in becoming better in the role.

“I know this can sound a bit burdensome, especially for a company that is volunteering into the programme but I am not asking you to do anything beyond your means,” Premier Fahie said as he argued that the more persons employers “train” the less idle hands around and a greater reduction in crime and social ills.

“It is a win win for everyone.”

3 Responses to “‘When you go to work, work’ – Premier Fahie”

  • this is good (22/08/2019, 11:44) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very good i would think that the boot camp will help these new recruits especially the males to ensure that they are properly attired for the work force this pant below the butt in the work place needs to stop it looks nasty. And for men on a whole this habit should be banned in this country you even find the female who want to be males doing the same it looks nasty some of them dont even look clean and they are exposing it shame.
  • Mr. Entrepreneur (22/08/2019, 11:46) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    I strongly support (when you go to work ) “work. To often people take advantage of going to work mainly to hangout get pay vs to actually work. Yet there’s people who actually will like to work but can’t find work because it’s held by people who’s only purely there to collect a paycheck. However people should be fairly paid enough to motivate them yet having bills and responsibilities is enough to just want to work. Hurricane Irma was a good reason for many businesses to get rid of certain people. It also open up room for the deserving people.
  • knowledge (23/08/2019, 06:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Agree 100% Here is the problem.. Guyanese managers want to hire Guyanese.. Vincentian Managers want to hire vincentians.. Britain managers want to hire English people.. Filipino Managers want to hire Filipinos. Local managers wants to hire foreigners.. We see. There is no real need or desire to hire locals in the private industry. Its more about respect for authority and discipline. Not qualification. Not matter how bright you are no one like rude and disrespectful workers..


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