Eight students have just graduated from “Introduction To The Marine Industry”, the first of four courses in the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering & Maintenance course.  This is a new marine certification programme run by the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and Nanny Cay Marina.

The graduates are: Jack Wollner (Tradewind Yachting Services), Tevern Bowen (BVI Marine Management), Akeem McGarrell (BVI Marine Management), Kelon Yearwood (Blue Water Divers), Kyle Baronville, Reno Alphonso (Conch Charters), Devon Queeley (Queel’s Marine Painters), Patrick Dennis (Nanny Cay).

The aim of this first 15-week course was to teach safety awareness and communication skills needed to work effectively in the marine industry. It covered health and safety, interaction with other employees and an understanding of the terminology and structure of the industry.

Students received a Certificate Of Completion after the course and will be awarded the City & Guilds Level 2 certificate on completion of all four courses:

Course 1: Introduction To The Marine Industry
Course 2: Marine Engineering Processes & Principals
Course 3: Servicing & Maintenance of Marine Engines
Course 4: Principles of Marine Electronics

The course has been developed to attract BVIslanders into the marine industry by introducing them to the many vocational opportunities that are available, and the skills required to enter the industry. The courses are taught at Nanny Cay which is sponsoring the initiative.

“I would like to congratulate all the graduates. This first batch of students were almost all from Nanny Cay but we’re looking forward to welcoming students from further afield for our next course,” said Miles Sutherland Pilch, general manager of Nanny Cay and one of the course tutors. “Developing qualified and skilled technicians and craftsmen is vital for the sustainability and growth of the marine industry in the BVI and we’re very pleased to be playing our part.”

The course was also taught by Capt. Martin Cherry, head of Maritime Training at HLSCC, and Clive Petrovic, head of Marine Studies, HLSCC. As the course progresses additional tutors will be introduced from the BVI marine industry.

Bernadine A Louis, Dean, Workforce Training Division, HLSCC, remarked: ”We are happy to partner with the marine industry to deliver training that meets their workforce educational and skills development needs. We look forward to an on-going relationship in this regard. My heartiest congratulations to the eight individuals of the first cohort who will be receiving their certificates.”

The next Course 1 will start on April 5th. For more information or to register, contact Claudia Reshetiloff at 343-3003 or creshetiloff@hlscc.edu.vg


Back row, left to right: Clive Petrovic, head of Marine Studies, HLSCC; Cameron McColl, chairman, Nanny Cay; Capt. Martin Cherry, head of Maritime Training, HLSCC; Miles Sutherland Pilch, general manager, Nanny Cay; Louis Potter, Chairman of the BVI Planning Authority. Front row, left to right: Kelon Yearwood (Blue Water Divers), Jack Wollner (Tradewind Yachting Services), Akeem McGarrell (BVI Marine Management), Tevern Bowen (BVI Marine Management), Patrick Dennis (Nanny Cay), Devon Queeley (Queel’s Marine Painters).  Not pictured: Kyle Baronville, Reno Alphonso (Conch Charters).








About City & Guilds

The City and Guilds of London Institute (City & Guilds) is a vocational education organisation in the United Kingdom. It was founded on November 11, 1878 by the City of London and 16 livery companies – to develop a national system of technical education. It has been operating under Royal Charter, granted by Queen Victoria, since 1900.

City & Guilds is an examination board offering a large number of qualifications mapped onto the British National Qualifications Framework.

The most common are the vocational qualifications, from Entry-level to Level 3.

• Entry-level qualifications are the basics, for beginners.

• Level 1 qualifications are introductory awards, covering basic tasks and knowledge.

• Level 2 is slightly more advanced, needing some knowledge of the subject area.

• Level 3 qualifications cover more complex tasks and also start the development of supervisory skills. In many professions, level 3 is the benchmark to be considered competent.