Governor Bryan, V.I. Workforce Development Board, V.I. Department of Labor Hosting Territory-wide Workforce Summit 2021

Free Daylong Workshops Open to Public Are Designed to Empower Job-Seekers, Create Opportunities and Support Local Businesses

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Governor Albert Bryan Jr., the Office of the Governor, the Virgin Islands Workforce Development Board and the Virgin Islands Department of Labor will host daylong workshops on all three islands on October 6-8 as part of the Bryan-Roach Administration’s initiatives to increase workforce development and stabilize the economy.

Michael Fazio, president of Workforce 180, and Asiah Clendinen Gumbs, of the V.I. Workforce Development Board, will emcee each day of the Workforce Summit, and they will be joined by V.I. Labor Commissioner Gary Molloy and Chairman of the V.I. Workforce Development Board Michael Carty. Governor Bryan will open each day of the summit and the keynote speaker will be Ron Painter, CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards.

Governor Bryan also will close each session of the summit and deliver his call to action, and there will be a Career Fair following each day’s workshops. The Governor also will moderate a breakout session each morning on “Barriers and Solutions to Filling Virgin Islands Infrastructure Jobs.”

Other breakout sessions include:

  • Strategies to Develop Essential Soft Skills
  • Thriving in a Jobseeker’s Market: How to Attract, Recruit and Retain Quality Talent
  • Workforce Resources for Employers – Recruitment, Incentives and Upskilling
  • Becoming an Eligible Training Provider and Seeking Government Funding: The Do’s and Don’ts
  • Financial Empowerment: Improving Our Client’s Economical Journey Through Financial Literacy and Training
  • The Future of the Virgin Islands Maritime Workforce
  • Aligning Workforce Development with Economic Development to Grow and Retain Your Workforce
  • Embed with VIDOL: The Forgotten Workforce: Getting Justice Involved Individuals Back to Work
  • Hustle and Grind: Tips for Job Searching

The Workforce Summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Career and Training Job Expo will take place from 3 to 5 p.m.:

  • October 6 at Caribbean Cinema at Sunny Isle on St. Croix
  • October 7 at Caribbean Cinema at Market Square East on St. Thomas
  • October 8 at the Cleone H. Creque Legislative Conference Room on St. John/

The Workforce Summit is free to attend, and participants can register online at www.vidol.gov/workforcesummit2021 or by calling 340-227-0061.

The Workforce Summit is open for in-person attendance to vaccinated residents only, and the first 50 people to register on each island for in-person participation will receive a tablet and a bag of training materials.

Residents also are invited to attend virtually via livestream at Facebook.com/GovernmentHouseUSVI, Facebook.com/USVIDOL and on the Government Access Channel 27.

The Bryan-Roach Administration is investing in the Territory’s people, infrastructure and future through transparency, stabilizing the economy, restoring trust in the government and ensuring that recovery projects are completed as quickly as possible. Visit transparency.vi.gov

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