Sailors For Hope Provides Scholarships for Two BV Islanders
Sailors For Hope and the Stanley Blaxton Foundation are proud to have sponsered two scholarships for Maritime Training at the H. Lavity Stout Community College in Tortola. Each scholarship consists of a $5,500.00 tuition grant. The recipiants are Recaldo Noel and Shakudo Pickering both from Tortola. Noel and Pickering were amoung five locals to apply.
Marine Professional Training (MPT) is a gateway learning platform into the BVI Marine Industry. It is comprised of internationally accredited certifications as well as workplace apprenticeship learning.
The participants meet at the H. Lavity Stout Community College Marine Center or participating businesses for two months, all day, each day.
Classes for the fourth installment of the MPT Programme begin on February 21st with a cohort of twelve participants. Students study various asspect of the marine industry for 8 weeks and apprentice (on-the-job-training) with local marine industries for 8 weeks. The students receive a salary of $8.00 per hour for the duration of the program.
The program consists of eight modules. Each week a new module is presented to develop and refine specific skills required for successful marine professionals. These skills are benchmarked and certified through Local, Regional and International Agencies.
Modules include the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Essential Navigation and Seamanship (ENAS); Basic Safety Training; Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology (electrical, engine, electronics and plumbing); Fiber Glassing; Woodworking; Swimming and Water Safety; Customer Service; US Sailing Basic Keelboat Training; Watchkeeping for Seafarers training and Discover Scuba.
The participants benefit from presentations from a number of guest professionals/practitioners as well as receiving training through the International Convention on Standards of Training programme as well.
The funding for these scholarships was made available through generous donations to the Sailors For Hope General Fund.
Stanley Blaxton Foundation is a educational support foundations located in Chesapeake Virginia USA.
Sailors For Hope is a non-profit all-volunteer organization dedicated to fundraising for individuals and community projects impacted by natural and ecomomic disasters in maritime environments.