Premier Andrew Fahie described this as one of government’s newest Labour policies as his administration endeavours to provide 1,000 jobs in 1,000 days to BVIslanders.
He said a list of unemployed locals and the type of job that they are capable of doing has been compiled for employers.
He further said this ‘Locals First’ policy is already in place.
“We are working out some policies with the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour where we are going to ensure that whether it is marine or other areas, the belongers are the ones who get the job first,” the Premier said.
“The Labour Department already has the list and any employer that calls, ‘no work permit’ will be given out until you have proven that you have exhausted all the BVIslanders and belongers that are on the list,” he added.
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