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Bahamas Department of Labour to launch upgraded Local Skills Bank Portal



The Bahamas Department of Labour will launch an upgrade to its local Skills Bank portal, PCRecruiter, on July 21, 2017 to enhance employee placement services.

 The recruiting and staffing software was first introduced in 2006.  However an update and re-launch of this integral tool in the department’s recruitment process is underway.

The upgrade is a component of the Ministry of National Security’s “Citizen Security and Justice” Initiative facilitated by a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

With levels of unemployment being a matter of national concern, the Department continues to respond to the needs of those job seekers and employers alike through this online data portal that populates data and accordingly matches candidates for suitable available job opportunities.

Mrs. Patrenda D. Russell-Brice, Deputy Director of Labour describes this upgrade as “exciting times at the Department.”  She emphasized her continued passion for seeing Bahamian job seekers benefit from the opportunity to be employed in roles they qualify for and desire.  She stated, “it’s been a long time coming and I am pleased about the upcoming training and launch of the upgraded PCRecruiter system.  It is a successful tool for job seekers as well as employers who seek to fill vacancies with suitable Bahamians.”

The effectiveness of the system hinges on registration of job seekers as well as registration of employers with job opportunities they wish to fill.  The inventory of available jobs will be easily accessible once employers enter their job vacancies in the skills bank.

For employers already enrolled – the process requires their signing in and editing their registration information.

For employers across The Bahamas who have not yet registered, they are all encouraged to do so by logging where they can create or edit job vacancies, view interviews from job seekers, or browse the database of job seekers.

Job seekers must also register in the online skills bank; thereafter they will be able to view job vacancies, post resumes, enquire about jobs, and update their accounts and resumes periodically.

 Employed individuals wishing to explore options are encouraged to register their skills and qualifications into the skills database system.  Similarly, students or citizens residing abroad who are desirous of returning home and wish to secure employment options in advance are encouraged to register.

Director of Labour, Mr. A. Robert Farquharson shared that high schools and other local institutions of higher education such as the University of The Bahamas can look forward to teams from the department’s Public Employment Services Unit scheduling tours and visits to their campuses in order to encourage students preparing to enter the work force to register with the skills bank.

Individuals who prefer to come in person to register for the PCRecruiter database may visit any Department of Labour sub-office in New Providence or the Family Islands.  New Providence locations include Rosetta Street, Robinson Road and Carmichael Road.  Family Island locations include Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma, Andros and Bimini.

There are no fees associated with the service.

For more information on The Bahamas Department of Labour, visit

The Bahamas’ Department of Labour is a division of the Ministry of Labour and has responsibility for fostering good industrial relations between employees and employers, while promoting a high level of employment, productivity, human rights and the Decent Work Agenda in accordance with international standards for all citizens and residents of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Units within the Department include Industrial Relations (Conciliations), Public Employment Services (Employment Exchange) and the Inspectorate (Occupational Health and Safety).

The Bahamas Department of Labour, located on Rosetta Street, facilitates Employment Assistance Services, Employee Placement Services, Formation and Registration of Trade Unions, Reports of Trade Disputes, Registration for Employment, Maritime, Registration of Industrial Agreements and Occupational Health and Safety.

There are also two New Providence sub-offices located on Robinson Road and Carmichael Road.  Family Island locations include Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma, Andros and Bimini.



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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer 


After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 


This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.


The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.


The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 


In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:


In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”


Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 


“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.


 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 


“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Grand Bahama Airport Demolition



BIS Photo: Lisa Davis

Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer

TheBahamas#TheGrandBahamaAirportDemolition, April 10, 2024 – The demolition of the Grand Bahama International Airport has begun, to start transformative construction as previously announced by Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Aviation and Investments, Chester Cooper, last month. Cooper says a new state of the art facility will be created to redefine Grand Bahama’s access to global opportunities and meet international standards.






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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment



NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”


Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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