– 208 persons from region 3 graduated from BIT programme.
BECOME LIFELONG LEARNERS,” – Min of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton.
Another batch, consisting of 208 persons on Friday, September 17, 2021, successfully graduated from the National Training Project for Youth Empowerment (NTPYE) delivered by the Ministry of Labour, Board of Industrial Training (BIT) at the Leonora Technical and Vocational Training Center.
Out of the 208 graduates, there were fifty-seven (57) males and one hundred and fifty-one (151) females who pursued training in Cosmetology, Food Preparation, Garment Construction, Catering, Care for the Elderly, Child Care, Small Engine Repairs, Information Technology and Heavy-Duty Equipment Operation (HDEO).
The programmes were taught to the graduates at the Leonora Technical and Vocational Training Center, Alpha Foundation, Pam’s Catering and Garment Facilities, NG Beauty Salon, Nicola’s Fashion and Sewing Establishment, Leguan Computer Center through the Neighborhood Democratic Council (NDC), Wakenaam Neighborhood Democratic Council and Fort Island through the Regional Democratic Council (RDC).
Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton attended the graduation, accompanied by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BIT, Mr. Richard Maughn, Director of C-TVET, Mr. Floyd Fitzgerald Scott, Chairman of the Leonora Technical and Vocational Training Center, Mr. Mark Adams, Chairman of the Basic Needs Trust Fund, Mr. Bernard Lord and Technical Officers, Mr. Earl Pestano and Ms. Devika Ramsewak.
CEO of BIT, Mr. Maughn, charged the graduates to see themselves as lifelong learners as the pathway to further develop themselves with the skills they received, which was made possible through the dedication and commitment of the government’s mandate empower persons in every region.
In his opening remarks, Minister Hamilton, told the gathering that education will take them out of poverty and to ensure they have more than one skill, since it is they only way for them to sustain themselves within society. He stressed, that the programmes offered are not just ordained to provide skills but there are social development tools.
“The more people we train, there will be less societal issues and this is important for the trainees and trainers to understand within every region. BIT, is also playing a role allowing women to dream again, whether they pursue, Cosmetology, Garment Construction or Heavy-Duty Equipment Operation, it is important that we give them the opportunity to think outside the box.”
He also mentioned that women should be comfortable and encouraged to operate an excavator, since those working within the field can benefit financially.
So far, a total of 712 persons have graduated from the Ministry of Labour, Board of Industrial Training over the past four weeks. The beneficiaries originated from regions, 1,2,3,5 and 6.
(Board of Industrial Training, Public Relations Department).