The Board of Industrial Training has officially closed its curtain on a series of lifechanging graduation ceremonies hosted in Region Six, as the final batch of One Hundred and Six (106) lucky beneficiaries received their certification in Care for the Elderly, Agro-Processing and Marketing, Pre/Play School Management and Customer Care Service, Hospitality and Tour Guide.
The ceremony saw the second batch of determined individuals certified made possible through a collaborative effort between the Board of Industrial Training and St. Francis Community Developers. It saw the attendance of Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton, Chairman of the Board of Industrial Training, Mr. David Armogan, Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Industrial Training, Mr. Richard Maughn, Human Resource Officer of the Board of Industrial, Ms. Melinda Kelly among other officials.
Chairman of BIT, Mr. Armogan applauded the graduates for recognizing the importance of acquiring a life skill which will prepare them to gain access to opportunities set to emerge from the developing nation, despite any challenges.
The ceremony, he said, forms part of the agency’s mandate to equip willing persons across the country with the necessary skills and knowledge to become employable with the support of relevant stakeholders.
To this end, Mr. Armogan advised them to not be contented with the skills acquired but to explore other avenues to enhance oneself even to become entrepreneurs.
CEO of BIT, Mr. Maughn charged the graduates to equip themselves with the right attitude and mindset to go beyond what they have acquired through the Board of Industrial Training.
This direction, he said, will secure them to make a difference in their lives and those around them as positive role models.
Minister Hamilton told the graduates that their success is one which he is grateful to witness as a transformational moment like this was not possible under the leadership of the previous Coalition Administration.
Now under his guidance, the progress of the Board of Industrial Training has reached new heights through partnerships with other training centres to roll out more vocational and technical training programmes across the country.
For this year, the agency has undertaken 26 per cent of its training programmes to those in the hinterland and riverine communities. This includes increasing the number of females being trained by BIT to 60 per cent which the Labour Minister said aids in his effort to empower women to become independent today.
In 2021, St. Francis Community Developers trained Sixty (60) persons in the areas of Care for the Elderly and Customer Care, Service, Hospitality and Tour Guide.
(Board of Industrial Training| Public Relations Department)