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*Regions two residents’ participation in BIT programmes moved from 12% to 211% between 2021 -2022.

*Residents dominated hard skills programmes

* Largest batch of graduates in region.

Boosting human resource in the Pomeroon-Supenaam Region is just one of the government of Guyana goal to transform the region economic growth through hard skills programmes offered by the Board of Industrial Training (BIT), Ministry of Labour.

To mark as proof that measures are taking place to change the lives of persons living in and around region two, BIT graduated 503 persons, comprised of 302 males and 201 females of the Cinderella County in twelve (12) technical and vocational, occupational areas, on Monday, April 17, 2023.

The twelve courses comprised of both hard and soft skills, namely, Electrical Installation, Block Making, Solar Installations and Repairs, Joinery, Welding and Fabrication, Garment Construction, Craft Making, Carpentry, Motor Vehicle Servicing and Repairs, Cosmetology, Commercial Food Preparation, and Information Technology.

Before the commencement of the progranmmes, members of the region’s Neighborhood Democratic Councils (NDC), Community Development Council (CDC) and Amerindian Village Councils were given the opportunity by BIT to select courses that would be beneficial to communities.

Guided by the Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton, the BIT conducted widespread training throughout Guyana and region two overtime became a region that welcomed technical programmes due to the region’s high involvement in the agricultural sector. Hence, maintaining and repairing heavy-duty machines became a demanded skill by residents of region two.

Between 2020 to 2022, BIT recorded an increase of resident’s participation in courses offered, which moved from 12 percent to 211 percent, with females climbing the ladder as certified hard skill practitioners.

The graduation for the largest batch of graduates in the region was held at the Essequibo Technical Institute (ETI) and was attended by Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Board of Industrial Training, Ms. Saskia Eastman, Senior Technical Officer with responsibility of the region, Mr. Bevon Sheperd, Technical Officers, Mr. Lokenauth Rooplall and Mr. Mohammed Shaheed and Toshao of Mainstay and Member of Parliament, Ms. Yvonne Pearson, who did the featured address.

Words of encouragement were offered by the officials to the graduates and their families, reminding them that the skills they obtained will take them a far way once dedication is applied for their self-growth.

The Board of Industrial, Ministry of Labour congratulates all its region two graduates.

(Board of Industrial Training, Public Relations Department).