Application Funding Awards

Overseas Training Awards

(subject to budget restrictions)

To be eligible for all awards, an applicant must:

  • have a minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent;
  • be 18 years or older;
  • be accepted into a programme at an accredited institution;
  • be Bermudian, the Spouse of a Bermudian or a Permanent Residency Certificate holder;
  • take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester;
  • be security vetted;
  • sign a 'Confidentiality Waiver'; and
  • when applicable, applicants may be subject to drug testing.
  • must be enrolled in an accredited college or university program and have letter of acceptance

All awards are in Bermudian dollars. 

National Technical and Vocational Training Award (NTVT) 

The NTVT Award is a merit and needs assistance award. The award is valued at $5,000 per year based on the attainment of a minimum 2.7 grade point average (not cumulative). Programmes must not exceed four years. 

Technical Vocational Education Training Award (TVET) 

This professional development award is provided to individuals who participate in a 'short course' programme deemed necessary to enhance a skill immediately required by industry. The maximum value is $5,000 in any given year. The course work must not exceed 12 months. 

Sponsorship Trainee 

Industry partners are required to submit an application on behalf of an employee to participate in a specific one-time course for a period not to exceed 24 months. The award is at a one-time total value of $18,000 (divided into two payments of $9,000 per year). This programme is linked with an apprenticeship and full-time employment upon successful completion.

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications will NOT be considered (no exceptions). 

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) 

In accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding, NEIT provides additional funding to Bermudian students who have obtained a scholarship award from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The amount of this award is based on the total number of students enrolled as follows (subject to meeting 2.7 GPA):

  • 01 – 14 students $5,000 maximum award per degree
  • 15 – 30 students $5,500 maximum award per degree
  • 31 or more students $6,000 maximum award per degree 

Construction Association of Bermuda (joint initiative) 

The award is valued at $15,000 (DWD funds half-portion) for one academic year subject to satisfactory academic results and may be renewed depending on the number of other potential candidates. 

Participants must be enrolled/accepted in educational programmes in construction related disciplines at technical institutions. For example:

  • ˜ Construction: including project management and construction management;
  • ˜ Surveying: including land, building and quantity;and
  • ˜ Engineering: including civil, mechanical, power and electrical. 

Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) 

The Bermuda Government, in collaboration with the Government of India, offers an opportunity for five Bermudian students to participate in fully-funded professional development courses via ITEC. The DWD provides administrative support using an Indian national to ensure the coordination of this programme. 

Whistling Woods International (Mumbai, India) 

In accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding, this programme provides an opportunity for two students to pursue a career in Acting, Animation, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Producing and Screenwriting. The DWD provides funding towards tuition, housing and related fees at approximately $30,000 annually per student. 

Dame Jennifer M Smith Scholarship Programme 

This programme allows students access to an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Students must attain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and participate in courses totalling 12 credits per quarter. There are three awards:

  • One Full-Tuition Scholarship

This scholarship is valued at the full tuition of either the Associate of Science for two years or the Bachelor of Science degree for four academic years. Once enrolled, in order to maintain a full-tuition scholarship the student must be enrolled in no less than 12 credits per quarter, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additionally, any courses not completed successfully must be repeated at the cost of the student, who must also pay for any courses taken in addition to degree requirements.

  • $10,000 Annual Scholarship

This scholarship will be offered to the recipient at the rate of $10,000 per calendar year for up to, but not exceeding, four calendar years if enrolled in the Bachelor's degree programme and two years if enrolled in an Associate's degree programme. A minimum GPA of 2.7 must be maintained in order to retain this award. Additionally, any courses not completed successfully must be repeated at the cost of the student, who must also pay for any courses taken in addition to degree requirements.

  • $5,000 Annual Scholarship

This scholarship will be offered to the recipient at the rate of $5,000 per calendar year for up to, but not exceeding, four calendar years if enrolled in the Bachelor's degree programme and two years if enrolled in an Associate's degree programme. A minimum GPA of 2.7 must be maintained in order to retain this award. Additionally, any courses not completed successfully must be repeated at the cost of the student, who must also pay for any courses taken in addition to degree requirements.

Local Training Awards

(subject to budget restrictions)

General Education Diploma Programmes (GED) 

The DWD provides full funding to assist individuals in obtaining their GED at the Adult School of Education, Care Computer Services, and other Community Schools as required. Individuals aged 18 and above are eligible.  They must achieve passing grades to obtain subsequent funding.  The funding ranges from $800 - $1,200 per semester (3 semesters per year).

Bermuda College (inclusive of Professional and Career Education (PACE) Courses)

To be eligible for all awards, an applicant must:

  • have a minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent;
  • be 18 years or older;
  • provide evidence of acceptance into programme;
  • be Bermudian, the Spouse of a Bermudian or a Permanent Residency Certificate holder;
  • take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester;
  • be security vetted;
  • sign a 'Confidentiality Waiver'; 
  • complete a Department of Workforce Development Application Form; and
  • when applicable, applicants may be subject to drug testing.
  • must be enrolled in a program and have letter of acceptance 

Tuition-Assisted Programme Awards 

These awards are merit and needs assistance based. The award is based on the tuition requirements as set out by the Bermuda College and PACE.  Applicants may be eligible for full or partial tuition grants as determined by the DWD.

Please note that workshops or certificate courses are not considered for funding.

Future awards are based on the attainment of a minimum 2.7 GPA (not cumulative), or B- per semester. Only 'official transcripts' will be accepted (no exceptions).

Programmes must not exceed four years (this does not apply to the Electrical Apprenticeship Programme that is of five years' duration).

A permit for these courses will only be issued when the eligibility requirements are fully met.  

Master of Education Degree in Special Education 

The Bermuda College, in partnership with Miami University, has collaborated with the Ministry of Education to provide a Master of Education degree in Special Education.

The Special Education Online Hybrid (SEOH) programme provides a flexible instructional framework to address the desire and need for certified and licensed Special Education teachers in Bermuda. Students may choose either:

  • M.Ed. in Special Education with licensure + initial certification – for those who do not have certification;
  • M.Ed. in Special Education with licensure – for those who already have certification; or the possibility of
  • Licensure in Special Education – for those who want licensure without a Master's.

Applications should be completed online. To review a flyer with more information, click here. See also Miami's website http://seoh.miamioh.edu/bermuda/ for more information.

***A limited amount of financial aid is available from the DWD. To be considered for funding, applicants must complete applications at the Bermuda College together with a Confidentiality Waiver and submit them to Jalinta Smith in the Career & Counseling Centre at Bermuda College. 

Associate of Science In Nursing Degree (ADN) Programme

The DWD – in conjunction with the Bermuda College – is providing Bermudians with an opportunity to participate in an Associate of Science in Nursing Degree (ADN) programme.

The programme is designed for individuals interested in becoming a Registered Nurse with a minimum eligibility requirement of a high school diploma or equivalent. The ADN course was implemented in 2012 – designed in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Bermuda College, and the Bermuda Hospitals Board.

The course is based on an American model of nursing education. It was developed using the standards of the Accrediting Commission of Nursing Education (ACEN) (the then National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission). The ADN is a generalist approach to nursing education in that the curriculum includes medical, surgical, maternal/child, pediatrics, long term care and psychiatric nursing education. 

Part of the course involves committing to a two-week clinical experience at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. This occurs during the second year of study. 

To ensure the success of the participants in this programme, there is a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory on campus where students have an opportunity to practice their skills and build competence and confidence prior to going out 'into the field' to take care of patients.

Courses take place over a semester (14 weeks) and are offered at the Bermuda College campus. There are three semesters throughout the year – fall, spring and summer – and students can enroll on either a part-time or full-time basis, with the nursing courses being completed in as little as two years, depending on each student's schedule.

Students entering this programme must complete the Computerised Placement Test (CPT), which assesses proficiency in English and Mathematics.

Prior to starting the nursing courses, students must submit the following:

  • annual drug screening results (hair follicles);
  • current immunisation record; and
  • Police vetting report. 

In May 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding was established between the Bermuda College and the DWD (the then 'Department of Labour and Training') to offer a Retraining Scholarships Fund in an effort to provide training opportunities for Bermudians in areas traditionally filled by significant numbers of non-Bermudians (for example, accounting, nursing and teaching).  An estimated $700,000 has been provided to date to support further educational opportunities for Bermudians, which includes this ADN programme.

Successful students of the ADN programme will be prepared to work in health care agencies such as long-term care centers, hospitals, rehabilitation care facilities, clinics, adult day care centers, and physicians' offices. Graduates will be competitively equipped with the knowledge and competencies to function as a professional nurse, and have the ability to apply for licensure through examination.

Students interested in participating can apply for funding through the DWD and their applications will be individually assessed.

For more information contact: The Director of Nursing Education at the Bermuda College on 239 4071 or kswan@college.bm.

Professional Accounting Designation Programmes

(subject to budget restrictions)

A Scholarship Fund has been set up at the Bermuda College to encourage Bermudians to participate in this initiative, which is designed to increase the number of qualified accountants available to industry.  This includes accounting designations such as:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – USA

CPA Becker Review Materials are available for sale at Bermuda College.

Students must register for exams via http://www.aicpa.org  (pricing varies per state).

All registration requirements are listed at http://www.aicpa.org/ under "Become a CPA" tab **http://www.aicpa.org/BECOMEACPA/GETTINGSTARTED/Pages/default.aspx.

˜Prospective students are also encouraged to contact  ICAB  (http://www.icab.bm/) to schedule an advising session.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - Canada

˜Students must apply directly with CPA Canada via http://www.cpaatlantic.ca (pricing varies depending on exemptions).

˜The Bermuda Programme Advisor is Meghan Cadue  (MCadue@cma-ns.com).

˜Prospective students are also encouraged to contact ICAB  (http://www.icab.bm/) to schedule an advising session.

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA)

This programme is open to individuals who do not have an undergraduate degree.

Individuals who are unemployed may be considered for 100 percent  financing subject to meeting all other requirements.  Funding assistance for employed individuals will be considered on the basis of demonstrable need.

Anyone interested in these programmes should contact padmin@college.bm or 236-9000 ext. 4117.

Students must first register for ACCA membership via website  www.accaglobal.com.

˜Course exemption requirements are also listed on that website.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for other local learning and development programmes and institutions must adhere to the same requirements as set out above.

Maritime Summer Cadet Programme 

To be eligible for this programme/training award, an applicant must:

  • have a minimum of a High School Diploma or equivalent;
  • be 18 – 25 years of age;
  • be Bermudian, the Spouse of a Bermudian or a Permanent Residency Certificate holder;
  • have a valid passport;
  • be security vetted;
  • complete a medical examination for seafarers;
  • sign a 'Confidentiality Waiver';
  • complete a application form; and
  • may be subject to drug testing.

This programme was established through a partnership with Holland College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. It offers Bermudian students (aged 18 – 25 years) the unique opportunity to obtain Transport Canada approved training during the summer for 12 weeks beginning in July and completing in September.

The Holland College Marine Training Centre is located in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Students entering into the Bermudian Maritime Cadet Programme enroll in a Bridge Watch Rating or Engine Room Rating course. Students can expect to become well-versed in safe working procedures, including how to identify potential hazards.

They will develop skills and knowledge to deal with these circumstances appropriately. The student's training enables them to prepare for a career in the Merchant Marine/Shipping industry.

The courses include certifications in Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping (STCW), Basic Safety Training, Survival Craft Training, Marine Advanced First Aid, and Radio Operator Training.

Upon successful completion of the 12-week instructional programme, students must participate in a work experience for two to three months on board a merchant vessel. The DWD will facilitate such placement.

Following completion of all requirements, students will receive internationally recognised training certificates in Bridge Watch Rating or Engine Room Rating, qualifying them to apply for entry-level employment opportunities with merchant fleets around the world.

This is a fully-funded programme that includes return airfare, accommodation at the school, and a stipend. Interested persons should contact a Training Officer at 292 3700. 

Apprenticeship Programmes 

Apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary training that teaches the skills and competencies necessary to perform tasks to an industry standard. Apprenticeship training provides the opportunity for hands-on learning under the direction of a certified journey person, with the ability to earn while you learn.

The training combines alternating periods of on-the-job and technical training.  Technical training can occur at the Bermuda College or at an overseas accredited learning institution. Once the apprentice has completed the required hours and/or modules for an occupation, the apprentice can write a certification exam.  Apprenticeship is regulated by the National Training Board (Apprenticeship and Training) Regulations 2009.

An apprenticeship can last from two to five years, depending on how many hours of work experience are required to be completed for the chosen occupation. It is expected that apprentices will complete the required examinations for the occupation in order to obtain a qualification/certification.

Apprentices between the 18 - 21 years of age must have completed high school; those over 21 are accepted as mature candidates. All applicants must be employed in the occupational area that interests them. An application for apprenticeship may be submitted at any time. 

Traineeship Programmes 

A traineeship is a training contract between an employer and an employee in which the trainee learns the skills needed for a particular occupation.

A traineeship can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis and can be used as a valuable stepping stone to start a career in any industry. Unlike the apprenticeship programme, most traineeships take 12 to 24 months to complete on a full-time basis. However, with competency-based learning, one can complete a traineeship quicker than the 12-24 month time frame. This generally occurs for those who begin with a qualification or certification but lack experience.

Traineeships are not just for young people. Existing skills and experience is recognised and provides the trainee with credit that can subsequently reduce the requisite training time. Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, the knowledge and skills gained through work and life experience are considered using the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application of assessment.

RPL is the formal recognition of a person's current skills and knowledge, no matter how, when or where the learning occurred. 

Traineeships are encouraged to assist individuals to further advance their careers in management roles or other promotional opportunities.   

Tax Exemption for Traineeship Programmes

Payroll tax is charged under the authority of the Payroll Tax Act 1995 and the Payroll Tax Rates Act 1995. The tax is charged on every employer and self-employed person at the standard rate.

The tax base consists of actual remuneration paid, given, or assessed by any employer or self-employed person to every employee or deemed employee. Remuneration includes any benefits derived by the employee/deemed employee or self-employed person as a result of his/her employment, whether paid in cash or in kind. The remuneration of a self-employed person or a deemed employee is the greater of his actual or notional remuneration.

However, tax is not charged on the remuneration earned by Bermudian employees on training schemes that are approved by the National Training Board. In order to have a scheme vetted for exemption eligibility, a completed Application for Approval of a Training Scheme must be submitted to the Office of the Tax Commissioner along with a complete description of the scheme.