The Barbados Construction Gateway Training Initiative provides Barbadians with the opportunity to learn skills in many areas associated with construction including backhoe operation, brick laying, well digging, steel bending, welding and so much more. (Media Resource Department)

Barbadians with an interest in pursuing courses under the Barbados Construction Gateway Training Initiative (BCGTI) are being urged to register online and make this method their first option.

The appeal has come from Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Kay McConney, as she, yesterday, officially launched the initiative at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI). Wildey, St. Michael.

She told Barbadians: “Register on line. Go to any of the participating organisation’s websites and you will find the application form for the Construction Gateway!”

And while she added there would be alternative ways of registration for those unable to do so online, the Education Minister stressed the need to make online a priority. She said: “Make your best effort, get a friend, get a sister, get a cousin, get a neighbour, get someone to help you register online.”

Minister McConney revealed, however, that if for any reason persons were unable to register online, they would also be able to pick up a registration form at any of the participating institutions namely the SJPI, the Barbados Vocational Training Board, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council, the Barbados Community College and the Ministry of Education.

While the BCGTI is open to anyone aged 16 and above, according to the Minister there might be some courses which required persons to be 18 years.

Pointing out that one such was that of backhoe operator, where one would need to be 18 years or over, she added that there would also be some which required a driver’s licence.

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