As a means of tackling the unemployment issue that has been compounded by the recent hurricanes Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn announced that he is mobilizing a skills registry for youths in the Territory that will work similar to the popular “Angie’s List”.
The American home services website Angie’s List was founded in 1995 as an online directory that allows users to read and publish crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses and contractors.
In announcing the adoption of such a service here in the BVI, Minister Walwyn said: “You know, [it will be]pretty much like how you have Angie’s List in the Unites States: If you want a plumber, if you want someone to clean your yard, if you want someone to do those services, you have somewhere to go and you have names and you have [phone]numbers. That is being worked on right now.”
While speaking at the 23 October Town Hall meeting Hon. Walwyn disclosed that he already discussed the creation of the website with the Youth Employment Services (YES) programme Coordinator. “I had a meeting with the Youth Employment Coordinator last week to find a way to engage young people in the jobs that exist now. We have to open our minds and broaden our minds as well because there are a lot of entrepreneurship opportunities particularly in cleanup, gardening, and those different things. So, one of the plans that we have is to provide something.”
“We are going to also try to develop a registry for persons who are already entrepreneurs so that persons can find those entrepreneurs very quickly if they want those services; and that would be done through the YES coordinator as well.”
The Minister also noted that the apprenticeship programme that was previously created to assist the youths in gaining skills and employment will also be moving forward: “We know as well that even though we have had destruction… there are still persons who are looking for persons to do certain things in various businesses and so in the apprenticeship programme that we started we still intend, in a cautious way, to be able to provide that service to young people who are looking for work.”