20 persons living with disabilities certified, ready for employment

Determined to make valuable contributions to the workforce and not allow their conditions to limit their potential, some 20 youngsters have graduated from the Ministry of Health’s National Vocational Training Centre for persons with disabilities also known as the Open Doors Centre.

The graduates completed the two-year training in courses including beauty care, garment and craft, carpentry, and information technology (IT). 

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Malcolm Watkins

The centre which focuses on providing training opportunities for young adults ages 16-45 held its eleventh graduation ceremony at the Ministry of Health, Brickdam, Georgetown on Wednesday.

Director of Rehab Services, Dr Ariana Mangar

Best graduating participant, Gabriel Gilkes reminisced on his life story before he registered at the centre, noting that the journey has allowed him to achieve his fullest potential.

Best Graduating Trainee Gabriel Gilkes

“Three, four years ago, I would not have attempted a lot of those soft skills that I have gotten and have gained from what the institution would have instilled in me… I thank God for using this institution to help me fulfill my potential,” Gilkes expressed profoundly.

Distribution of certificates

Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry, Malcolm Watkins who represented Minister of Health, Dr Frank Anthony expressed satisfaction with the milestone achieved by the graduates. He also applauded the support system that was provided to the trainees during their stint at the institution.

A section of the graduates who are qualified and ready for the workforce

He noted that the government acknowledges that persons living with disabilities are given equitable and fair treatment and support systems to help them achieve their goals.

“As we expand our support, we intend to commit closely with other stakeholders and continue to improve our collaborations with the other stakeholders nationally and individually, to find ways to provide more support as we move forward in the coming years,” he assured.

He added, “I can tell you, being here, working with the leadership here and with the guidance of the government, we truly believe this motto and we do everything, every day to make decisions that are important to persons living with disabilities.”

Meanwhile, Director of Rehab Services, Dr Ariana Mangar charged the graduates to continue to make their families and the institution proud as they venture into the world of work.

The Open Doors Centre was established in 2001, under the genesis of a project instituted and funded by Associazione Italiana Amici de Raoul Falleau (AIFO), an Italian non-governmental organisation.

The centre also assists the trainees in finding jobs or furthering their studies through enrolment in other institutions like the Carnegie School of Home Economics, and Guyana Industrial Training Centre (GITC). For further information feel free to contact the Centre on 219-2737 0r 219-2753.