Another set of persons from Demerara Mahaica (Region Four) received their certificates after completing skills training in Cosmetology, Information Technology and Computer and Mobile Repairs, through the Ministry of Labour, Board of Industrial Training.
Between, Monday, October 11, 2021 and Friday, October 15, 2021, a total of 225 persons from central Georgetown participated in graduation ceremonies held at the Ministry of Labour, Boardroom.
The graduations were spearheaded by BIT’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Ayana George, with remarks delivered by Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton and Chief Executive Officer of BIT, Mr. Richard Maughn.
In his charge, Mr. Maughn told the graduates to understand the importance of the certificates in which they hold in their hands, since it is just the foundation to the skills they would have received through the agency.
“You have to continue believing in yourselves, strive for the best and think out of the box. There are too many opportunities in the world of work and you must be a demand, but first, I urged you the graduates to seek further skills development at the University of Guyana. Once this is achieved, you can be greatly rewarded within the agriculture, business, medical, oil and gas sectors, among other booming job fields.” He stated.
Further, he explained that due to the COVID-19 pandemic there were several adjustments made to the delivery of skills training across the country but the training agency’s mandate to deliver Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) was not paused. Addressing the gathering, Minister Hamilton noted that the Guyana today youths are inheriting from our ancestors is way more advanced and promising. He pointed out that the country will reach a stage, where labour will have to be imported and it is vital that our youths must be trained.
“Young people, your seniors have brought this country to a good place, you have to take it to a better place. Wherever you live today, what you see in this day, was not what it used to be forty years ago, but through education persons were taken out of poverty for the development of themselves, community and the country,” the minister highlighted.
He urged the graduates to aspire to do better for themselves. He noted, it is not the job of parents to build their future but it should be their sole responsibility to keep pushing, after their parents would have done what they were ordained to do as parents.
The minister further added, that the mandate of the ministry is to create a framework not to neglect technical skills training but to view it just as important as academic studies.
Over the last seven weeks, graduations were held in regions, 1,2,3, and 5, where more than 500 persons received their certificates of completion. However, during the next week, graduation will continue for region four, with persons from GITC and GNIC and the East Bank of Demerara receiving their certificates.
(Board of Industrial Training, Public Relations Department).