These sorts of comments are interesting:
“With jobs for non-Bermudians continuing to grow while Bermudian jobs are lost in the tourism industry, it is clear that a new approach is needed to ensure that Bermudians come first in jobs and opportunities in our own country,” the Minister continued.
“The Government, working in tandem with the Department of Immigration, the Department of Workforce Development and stakeholders, will conduct an industry-wide skills and needs assessment of the tourism industry to identify areas where unemployed or underemployed Bermudians can be trained to fill or be promoted into jobs currently held by non-Bermudians.
“For Bermuda to realize its fullest potential we must have a well-trained, highly-qualified Bermudian work force where the only limit to growth and advancement is the ones that individuals put on themselves. To achieve this goal, we must ensure full alignment between the worker skill sets, industry demands, and the education and training being offered. (emphasis added)
Sometimes these things are made out to be big projects when really they can take just a few minutes of data analysis.
For example. If we look at the Employment Surveys over the last few years, “Service Workers, Shop and Market Sales Workers” category is most fitting of the majority of “tourism” jobs. We can look at the numbers filled by non-Bermudians to determine where there is demand that we could be providing improved training.
Here are the top 10 jobs filled by non-Bermudians in the category. Note that the largest categories saw massive declines in the recession and are only starting to recover.
Looking at these numbers, the biggest areas of growth are inside kitchens in the form of chefs, cooks and kitchen assistants as part of wait staff and as cleaners/nannies.