57 complete heavy-duty equipment and apiculture course

─ graduates will soon benefit from excavator training

DPI, Guyana, Friday, September 13, 2019

Fifty-seven young people have completed heavy-duty equipment and apiculture training at the Madewini Training Centre. The programme was facilitated by the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport, the Youth Empowerment Unit and the Board of Industrial Training (BIT).

Thirty-two graduated from heavy-duty equipment operation, the remaining twenty-five students graduated from the apiculture programme.

Delivering the feature address at the graduation ceremony, Assistant Director of Youth, Leslyn Boyce advised the young people to use this opportunity to further their self-development and contribute meaningfully to their communities. “You were all given a second chance to education and have made good use of it. You have displayed discipline and commitment that are commendable…now that you are empowered much rests on your shoulder so I, therefore, charge you to go into your respective communities and make a difference,” she said.

The graduates were also urged to embrace the training provided and to think outside the box and utilise the skills and knowledge gained to achieve a successful life.

“We are living in a culture in which time is changing every day. Some of the occupations that you are involved in today were non-existent in the past. We hope that you use the certificate that you have received to not only gain employment but to also matriculate into other programmes so that you can remain relevant in society,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BIT, Richard Maughn urged.

The heavy-duty equipment graduates will soon benefit from excavator training at Guyana Industrial Training Centre, as a way to solidify their existing skills and knowledge.

Graduating from heavy-duty equipment operation course, Sharmella Tyson stated that “the experience has been really great. I have learnt a lot, today, I can operate a bobcat machine”.

A fellow graduate, Analisa James said, while she has a “passion for computers”, she made a conscious decision to step outside her comfort zone. She opted to enroll in the heavy-duty equipment operation to acquire a new skill. “I really feel great about this programme. I know that it will have a positive impact on my life, and I will continue to work to develop within this field,” James said.

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