Scottish property developer FM Group has launched a major training and skills programme with the Caribbean.
The Caribbean Training Programme aims to upskill local participants from the Caribbean in different sectors such as construction, agriculture and hospitality, by bringing them to Scotland.
The objective is to exchange knowledge, work practices and provide participants with new skills in a variety of environments, which are transferable to different workplaces and will help improve their expertise, both in the Caribbean and in Scotland.
Individual programmes will last for six weeks at a time.
First participant to come across from the Caribbean has been Randolph Hackshaw (39). From St. Vincent and the Grenadines and with over 20 years of experience as a joiner, he currently lives on the Grenadine island of Bequia with his family of four and works as a joiner for FM Group.
In light of his vast experience and recent appointment as maintenance manager for the FM Group luxury resort “The Liming” in Bequia, Hawkshaw has undertaken this programme to not only improve his expertise but also help train his Scottish colleagues.
Additionally, the scheme is being supported by Liming JV investor, K-Group and the intent is to expand this throughout the Caribbean.
Randolph has taken part on large construction sites with a value of c.120 million Eastern Caribbean dollars, involving over 130 flats which has given him experience in steel frame construction, cranes and pre-fabricated construction through supply chain partners
He is currently working in two of FM Group’s flagship projects: the former Scottish Power offices art Cathcart House and the historic Dalnair Castle and Estate, both being refurbished into luxury residential developments.
Through the Caribbean Training Programme, the company aims to establish a closer relationship initially with the community of St Vincent and The Grenadines but reaching out to the Caribbean in general.
Randolph’s experience in Scotland will be used to encourage other local workers to take advantage of this unique opportunity. The company also intends to write to schools in St Vincent and the Grenadines to attract interest in those looking to work in construction, hospitality and agriculture.
The Liming resort includes a five-star hotel, hotel, high-end beach cottages and villas with private beach, restaurant, marina and tennis court.
The resort also offers the possibility to buy real estate, which gives buyers the possibility to rent their property to visitors when unoccupied, translating in a return on their investment.