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Interested Virgin Islanders would soon have the opportunity to work on cruise ships, Premier and Minister for Finance, Hon. Andrew Fahie announced on Wednesday.
The Premier explained that he has already had preliminary discussions with cruise ship representatives about the opportunity for Virgin Islanders to work internationally within the cruise industry.
In making the announcement at his press conference on August 14, Hon. Fahie said, "When I announced that we were trying to get some employment on the cruise ships...that's just one option. We know that our people all wouldn’t want to work on a ship, but if the option is there, if the opportunity is there that's what we will try to do. And in terms of that angle, we have spoken with all the cruise lines and all of them agree."
In noting that the plan has moved beyond talks, Hon. Fahie mentioned that the Attorney General’s Chambers is working on the required legisation.
"We are now working on a legislation that they want us to have in place. We are in the middle of trying to agree on that legislation to get it to be agreed upon and finalized by the Attorney General, who has done a good job with it thus far, I must state,” Hon. Fahie mentioned.
“What we want to do is we really want to see all our people certified and qualified, and we want to make sure that all our people have an opportunity to get a job if the cruise ship industry has,” the Premier explained.
In noting that the cruise ship industry can be a lucrative source of employment for Virgin Islanders, Hon. Fahie mentioned that the industry currently has 6000 vacancies.
"The cruise ship industry, when we told them that we were doing 1000 jobs in 1000 days, they smiled. They said look we need 6500; we could swallow your 1000 people in one gulp if all of them want to work on ships…It is not just certain jobs in certain stores. We are talking all the way up to be the captain,” the Premier said.
It was also mentioned that cruise ship representatives will be exploring training options and discussing the employment offers during a visit scheduled for September.
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L@L.ComPositive move to make the public more aware of these opportunities however these opportunities always existed. On another note, why the hate and negatvity toward bvislanders? You would be surprised to know how many bvislanders were offered jobs, worked or currently working for major companies abroad.
BVI QueenThese jobs are always available to anyone around the world. One just has to apply as well as meet the criteria for the jobs. I have a cousin that just finished a yr on Disney as an entertainer. And a few other friends well. Their experience is the living conditions is not always the best. There are some perks to this experience but it something to think about.
So unless the Premier is putting in an extra word or spreading the word about cruise ship work, those jobs are always available to anyone who meets the criteria and has all documents needed for their travels.
Thanks for that great gesture Premier. We love you.