A total of fifty-nine persons are presently pursuing training offered by the Ministry of Labour, through the Board of Industrial Training in Cuyuni Mazaruni (Region Seven). This is comprised of three batches of fourteen (14) women in Commercial Food Preparation and eighteen (18) in Garment Construction.
On Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Industrial Training (BIT), Mr. Richard Maughn, Public Relations Officer, Ms. Ayana George and Region Seven, Technical Officer, Mr. Joseph Barrat visited the trainees in villages, such as, Agatash, One Mile and River’s view, which is located on the border of Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) on the Essequibo River, opposite the mining town of Bartica.
The visit was done to assess training sessions at various locations and interact with the trainees to decipher how they are coping. In response, they expressed how grateful they are to have patient and committed trainers to guide them along the way to acquire their certificates.
Most of the beneficiaries also mentioned that it is in their interest to start their own business after completing the programme, with the hope to generate an income for their household, since there is not much happening in the Commercial Food Preparation and Garment Construction sectors, in the region.
In an interactive session with the trainees, CEO, Mr. Maughn told the trainees that he is pleased they are punctual and are making the best of the programme and also added, that he is aware many would have to travel distances to attended classes but it will be worth it in the end.
The visiting team also met with regional officials to discuss measure for a training center and office space to house regional officers of the Ministry of Labour, Board of Industrial Training.
Also, to ensure the trainees are keeping with the COVID-19 guidelines, masks and sanitizers were distributed to the training locations, along with Cake stands for persons doing Commercial Food Preparation. This is in keeping with BIT’s mandate to ensure that trainees receive the necessary utensils for successful completion of programmes.
(Board of Industrial Training, Public Relations Department).