Homebuilders expo aims to attract 3,000
Published: Oct 08, 2013
With the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute’s (BTVI) major role in the education and training of those in construction trades, it is joining hands with The Bahamas Home and Builders Trade Show and Energy Expo, the largest local consumer trade display.
Organizers of the expo, to be held October 25-27 at the Wyndham Nassau Resort, noted in a release that despite the challenging state of the world’s economy, professionals and consumers alike are using the platform to increase efficiencies, re-tool their companies and continue to educate themselves in order to be ready for all business opportunities.
Show organizer Cyprian Gibson acknowledged the part BTVI continues to play in the construction trades’ sector and welcomed them aboard.
“BTVI is the most significant educational institution in the building sector. Many who have excelled in the sector came through BTVI.”
The 13th annual expo attracts more than 3,000 professionals and consumers from around The Bahamas and abroad. BTVI will use it as a recruitment exercise and field trip for current students, but also take the opportunity to showcase do-it-yourself demonstrations in basic carpentry, tiling and electrical installations.
It is a chance for students to be exposed to existing products and practices, along with networking opportunities.
BTVI’s Dean of Construction Trades Alexander Darville expressed excitement about the possibilities which arise from being one of the exhibitors that include those in the construction, real estate and energy sectors.
“BTVI is keeping abreast of the technological changes, so the public can now get an understanding that they don’t need to travel to get the exposure because we have it right here. As for our students, we will be exposing them to the latest technology and equipment out there. They will get a first-hand look at what’s available on the market,” said Darville.
This is in keeping with BTVI’s mission, “To provide learning opportunities that enable individuals to be globally competitive and economically independent”, and it coincides with the driving force of the show, which is public education and exposure to new technology by industry leaders.
After 13 years of organizing the show, Gibson, who is a chartered engineer with over 20 years in the construction and engineering fields, said it is important to embrace new technology.
“When we started, the market was stagnant. Everyone was sticking to the traditional building process. We should improve on our products and services [so] it’s good to infuse new technology and innovation to the sector. We’re pushing energy efficiency,” said Gibson.
“A home is the single largest investment one will ever make, so we must continue to educate ourselves, even those who are just doing renovations,” he added.