GB to become the ‘Silicon Valley’ of the region

GB to become the ‘Silicon Valley’ of the region
State Minister for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson, speaks to students and vendors as he tours this year's Industrial and Technical Career Fair in Grand Bahama. (BIS Photo)

This year’s Industrial and Technical Career Fair in Grand Bahama attracted more companies and organizations than last year, according to State Minister for Grand Bahama Senator Kwasi Thompson who said the event will “go a long way in establishing Grand Bahama as a Tech Hub.”

According to Thompson, the nation’s second city is poised to become the Silicon Valley of The Bahamas and the Caribbean Region.

“Therefore, we can expect an upcoming shift in the job market, as this island becomes the premier place for cutting edge technology ventures and businesses,” he said.

“It will become critical to adequately prepare our workforce to capitalize on the new opportunities. Further, this government remains cognizant of unemployment challenges, therefore, we have set out to provide the support and training necessary to make the pursuit of dynamic long-term careers and entrepreneurships achievable.”

As hundreds of young people are set to enter the workforce every year, Thompson said the government is seeking to show – through the continuation of the annual technical and industry career fair – the importance of exposing young people to the wide range of opportunities and industries.

The event was organized by the Office of the Prime Minister in Grand Bahama and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Students from 19 private and public high schools are exposed to the major industrial and technical organizations in Grand Bahama.

Some 2,000 students in grades nine through 12 meet personnel from more than 30 businesses and organizations on the island to learn about existing careers and future career trends in various fields in both public and private sectors.

Participating companies at this year’s career fair include Aliv, BTVI, Grand Bahama Shipyard, Bahamas National Trust, BTC, Buckeye, Elnet, Fowlco, Freeport Container Port, Gold Rock, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, and other organizations.