Fifty (50) persons from Kamarang, in Region Seven, Cuyuni-Mazaruni are the latest batch of Ministry of Social Protection’s, Board of Industrial Training (BIT) graduates. They are now certified in small engine mechanics and plumbing.
Lydia Greene, Assistant Chief Occupational Safety and Health Officer (center), Casey Hastings, Toshao of Kako Village( second from right), Dutchell Isaacs, Deputy Toshao of Waramadong Village, Staff of the Board of Industrial Training and BIT graduates of Kamarang
Thirty-two (32) students completed training in small engine mechanics and 18 in plumbing. Assistant Chief Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H) Officer within the Ministry of Social Protection, Lydia Greene, said that the government is keeping its promise of empowering youths in outlying regions.
“In fact at page 39 of the manifesto, the following statement appears under the rubric of technical and vocational institute; it reads and I quote, ‘implement a national programme to build well equipped and appropriately staffed technical and vocational institute in every region of Guyana, giving immediate attention to the needs of Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine,” explained Greene.
The government has every intention to fulfill all its manifesto promises in relation to technical and vocational education and education in general, Greene pointed out.
She noted that it is a significant landmark for the participants, and it was a pleasure for her to join them in the celebration with their parents, teachers and other relatives.
Toshao of Kako Village, Casey Hastings said that he was impressed having observed the participants during training, and their dedication to their studies.
“You have accomplished something very great as you have got another opportunity in life to study and make a difference in your life. Many students have testified to me saying that this programme has made a difference in their lives, and they were happy to have such an opportunity to study again,” Toshao Hastings said.
He also thanked the Government for the initiative, “that the young people in this part of the country can have another chance in life.” He charged the graduates to use the chance that they have been given, and make a difference their personal life and in the community life.
BIT has trained over 3,071 persons over the past two years. These graduates are now certified in areas such as engineering, trade skills, forestry, home economics, information technology and office procedures.