Minister of Home Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Michael Fahy. *Photo supplied
Minister of Home Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Michael Fahy. *Photo supplied

In a simultaneous effort to get Bermudians back to work and reduce the issuance of work permits in the field, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced today that it has launched a Custodial Technician Certification training programme in collaboration with industry partners.

The two-week course, which has 12 participants, is currently being held at the Bermuda College. It began January 20 and concludes January 31st.

The first week of the course involved soft skills training such as understanding the importance of time management, having a strong work ethic understanding and communicating effectively with customers. The second week of the course will deal with the industry standards regarding cleaning, including learning and understanding the basic types of cleaning agents and identifying physical actions of cleaning agents.

The course programme is being overseen by the Department of Workforce Development who have engaged the Cleaning Management Institute – a New York based organization – to facilitate the training.

At the end of the course, the successful participants will be awarded the Front Line Certification, which is recognized throughout North America.

Today the Minister of Home Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Michael Fahy said, “We are pleased to introduce training programmes aimed at getting Bermudians back to work.

“Our immigration data indicates that the issuance of work permits in the custodial field is quite high. So we have tasked the Department of Workforce Development to identify areas in the job market where we can realistically introduce training courses to equip Bermudians with the necessary skills to assume these jobs in our workforce.

“We have introduced similar training courses in the past, such as the Butcher’s programme and the Automotive Repair Technicians programme and we have had some relative success with those. So the public can expect to see more initiatives like this in the future and we encourage those who are seeking employment to sign up with the Department of Workforce Development so that they can take advantage of our training programmes when they become available.”

Minister Fahy will recognise the students upon the completion of the training programme.

And he thanked local businesses in assisting with the Custodial Technician Training Programme including, Bermuda Cleaning, Pro-Tone Cleaning Services Ltd., Do All Cleaning, Ace Cleaning, and Marshall’s Maintenance.