British Virgin Islands —Support to Recovery

Client: U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Duration: 2017-2018

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: British Virgin Islands

Solutions: Economic Growth

The hurricanes of 2017 devastated the infrastructure of the British Virgin Islands. More than one-third of residential buildings suffered significant damage while crippled maritime facilities hindered economic recovery. To achieve the government’s long-term plan of building back better, stronger, and greener, the local labour force requires new skills and building and labour regulations need revising.

In response, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is training the local workforce to participate in recovery efforts. DAI is leading this initiative by designing and implementing vocational training programs to help underemployed populations meet the rising demand for skilled labour in the construction and maritime industries. The project works with the government of the British Virgin Islands to develop labour policies that meet the immediate needs of the recovery process and create long-term employment opportunities.

In addition, DAI’s team, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Development and a local construction company, is managing the repair of 100 hurricane-damaged homes and ensuring that construction follows local codes. The project also partners with the Ministry to develop and implement long-term housing solutions.

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Sample Activities

  • Partner with local community college to develop training materials and provide external trainers for courses on electrical, plumbing, and project management skills.

  • Engage with private and public sector to secure commitments for apprenticeships and employment for trainees.

  • Advise on regulations to boost resilience in housing codes and on labour market policies to maximise recovery efforts.

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