Bahamian contractors will benefit from an upcoming seminar series organised by the Bahamian Contractors’ Association (BCA) in conjunction with The Ministry of Public Works and Transport and Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

The four part Level I Contractors Seminar is designed to provide small contractors with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will improve the quality of service they offer to the public.

A press conference to launch the seminar series, which is to be sponsored by Albany Development Company, was held at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Thursday. The seminar will be held at the BCPOU Hall, Farrington Road from October 13 from 7-9 p.m.

Public Works and Transport Minister the Hon. Neko C. Grant said, “The Ministry of Public Works and Transport cannot overemphasise the importance of having a highly skilled workforce in the construction industry that employs so many individuals and is fundamental to the growth and development of our country.”

Minister Grant encouraged individuals engaged in the construction industry at the Contractor I level to embrace the opportunity that will contribute to their educational and practical development.

BCA President Stephen Wrinkle said this is an initiative that is bringing together government, the private sector and the Bahamian contractors industry. “By bringing these three forces together to put all of our efforts and resources into promoting this Seminar Series, we are confident that the level of contracting in The Bahamas will be raised.

“We need to get the standard across to all Bahamian contractors throughout the archipelago so that when consumers build their homes, they have the assurance that the contractor has participated in a managerial and administrative skills seminar series that will enable him to properly manage their project,” Wrinkle explained.

Among the topics to be addressed during the sessions by leaders in the construction and allied industries are: contract negotiations, estimating, project management and contract close-out. Speakers include Pat Rahming, architect; Paul Worrell, quantity surveyor; John Michael Clarke, project manager and Amos Ferguson, architect. Certificates will be awarded at the completion of the seminars.