120 individuals in the Mahaica-Berbice region are now equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be employed in the areas of Commercial Food Preparation, Garment Construction, Cosmetology and Agro- processing programmes administered by the Board of Industrial Training.
The graduates received their certificates in the presence of Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton, BIT’s Vice Chairman, Mr Rion Peters, BIT’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Richard Maughn, BIT’s Human Resource Officer, Ms. Melinda Kelly, Regional Chairman, Mr. Vickchand Ramphal and other officials.
BIT’s CEO, Mr. Maughn, in brief remarks, that today’s ceremony demonstrates the graduates’ willingness to received technical skills to benefit from emerging industries in Guyana.
With this in mind, he urged them to learn how to shape themselves to prepare for the vast opportunities in the region. As such, he believes that they must advance themselves through additional training programmes.
Minister Hamilton told the graduates that they are now part of a incredible achievement for BIT as it has been able to train over One Thousand residents within the Berbice county for 2022.
In 2021, BIT engaged Eighty-Six (86) beneficiaries in four (4) disciplinary areas while in 2020, One Hundred and Seventy (170) individuals benefitted from BIT training programmes in seven (7) disciplinary areas.
This, he said is a significant improvement for the agency in keeping with Government’s intention to build it’s human resources. It also shows BIT’s capability under the tutelage of the PPP/C Government which the minister noted will continue to ensure all Guyanese are given the opportunity to better their lives.
He also noted that continued collaboration with the Regional Administration will allow BIT to train more persons as promised.
At the end of the ceremony, both beneficiaries of the Agro-Processing and Garment Construction programmes took the opportunity to showcase their talent by presenting several items and products they created during their respective programmes.
School Uniforms, Pillow Case, Pot Holder, Purses, Apron, Hair Holder, Wines, Guava Jam, Achars, Pickled Onions among others were on display at the small exhibition.
(Board of Industrial Training|Public Relations Department)