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The Ministry of Labour’s Board of Industrial Training (BIT), Sabeelur Rashaad Islamic Training Centre (SRITC) and Generation Next, youth arm of First Assembly of God Wortmanville (FAOGW), on May 17th, 2023, inked Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to deliver Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes to interested individuals.

The signing at the Ministry’s boardroom by BIT and the two religious organizations allows BIT to offer members of each body, as well as the general public, the opportunity to obtain skills training that enhances interpersonal and professional abilities required for employment and crime reduction in their respective areas.

It aims to fulfill the Government’s manifesto pledge to improve the well-being of all Guyanese by giving equitable access to free training opportunities.

Hon. Joseph Hamilton, Minister of Labour; Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BIT, Ms. Saskia Eastman-Onwuzirike; Presiding Bishop of First Assembly of God Wortmanville (FAOGW) Dr. Murtland Massiah; SRITC’s Chairman, Mr. Rayad Khan, Senior Technical Officers of BIT, Mr. Leon Greaves and Mr. Bevon Shepherd among other official was present at the signing ceremony.

Minister Hamilton stated that the collaborations serve as a platform to widen the ministry’s scope to provide interested individuals, particularly women, with the knowledge and skills needed to become employable and help the country’s economic development. 

This method, he said, will also help the ministry’s drive to train competent workers to meet the country’s labor deficit, and he intends to continue in this vein to fill this gap.

The Labour Minister highlighted that it also aid in the work of the technical training facilities stationed in Regions Six, Two, and Five, among others. According to the minister, residents of Unity/Mahaica will soon benefit from the development of a training facility aimed at accrediting and certifying tradesmen.

Religious leaders commended the ministry for giving them the opportunity to expand their existing training programmes to generate trained individuals to attract job employment and assist reduce crime in their communities.

The Board of Industrial Training, Sabeelur Rashaad Islamic Training Centre (SRITC), and Generation Next will collaborate to identify potential training programmes, provide technical assistance for specialized training geared toward professional skill development, and make materials and basic tools available for each course, among other things.

The Ministry of Labour will continue to forge meaningful partnerships with Guyana’s leading organizations, such as Religious Bodies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Technical Institutes, Regional Democratic and Neighborhood Democratic Councils (RDC, NDC), to effectively reach out to people across the country to ensure they benefit from technical and vocational skills that will transform their lives and communities.


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