Residents of Corriverton have expressed much satisfaction of the recent commissioning of the Ministry of Labour, Board of Industrial Training (BIT) Office at Lot 12, number 78 village, Springlands Corriverton.
In an interview with BIT, Mr. Roy Glasglow, a retired Security Guard, stated that he is a resident of Springlands for more than twenty (20) years and it was expensive to travel to Georgetown to report labour related matters.
“I overheard a lot about the Board of Industrial Training and the new services the Ministry of Labour is offering the people of Guyana. However, visiting the office in the city, would take away a day’s work for many but now I am pleased to know that we have our own office in Corriverton, where we can sit and discuss matters with representatives from the ministry,” Mr. Glasglow said.
Eighteen-year-old, Ms. Shelina Persaud, also told BIT, the opening of the new office will give young persons a shot at job opportunities and she already sketched her job application with hopes to get a job.
The office was commissioned last Friday, October 22, 2021 by Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton, accompanied by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BIT, Mr. Richard Maughn, Region Six, Regional Chairman, Mr. David Armogan, Mayor of Corriverton, Mr. Winston Robert, Regional Executive Officer (REO), Mr. Narindra Persaud and President of the Upper Corentyne Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hemchand.
The featured address was made by Minister Hamilton who said his aim is to ensure the labour ministry deliver as much services to the people of Guyana. He added that persons can now easily access skills training in the region, which depicts the ministry’s mandate to deliver training in every region.
“The purpose is to re-establish the Ministry of Labour and this will be done by the opening of offices in every region and placing officers from the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) and every department of the ministry, such as, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), Labour, Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency (CRMA) and the Department of Cooperative and Friendly Societies.” The minister noted.
Back in April, the Minister and team visited the now commissioned office, which was evaluated for internal and external facelifts, which saw works completed to the sum of $7 Million to facilitate officers from each department of the ministry and BIT. So far, there is a BIT officer, Mrs. Tina Ghansham stationed at the office, with system to put officer within the departments before the end of the month.
Further, it was stated by Mrs. Ghansham, that since the commissioning of the office, persons are frequently visiting the location seeking information and sharing the word of the ministry’s mandate.
It was also reported that Mayor of Corriverton, Mr. Winston Robert, will be working towards securing a plot of land for the construction of a larger office space, sometime in the future.
(Board of Industrial Training, Public Relations Department).