Govt committed to investing in ‘a skilled workforce’ 

DPI, Guyana, Friday, October 4, 2019

“Without trained and skilled persons, the wheels of industry would remain still.”

This view was expressed by His Excellency, President David Granger.

The president was, on Friday afternoon, addressing the most recent Board of Industrial Training (BIT) graduates at the National Cultural.

He reiterated his pledge to invest in human capital to have a skilled workforce that will help in Guyana’s transformation.

“We need persons like you to man factories and plants which will form part of our low carbon industrial complexes; to explore and exploit more efficiently our natural resources… We need skilled personnel to build our aerodrome in the hinterland, bridges, roads and stellings, to improve access to our country, particularly the area west of the Essequibo,” he stated.

As Guyana positions itself for oil revenues, the monies must be utilised correctly and more importantly managed prudently, and President Granger has committed to doing so.

While Guyana’s petroleum revenue will be used to transform all of the nation’s sectors, the president reminded that it is vitally important that investment is placed on human capital.

“Government is committed to supporting programmes, especially programmes which can train workers to enter the digital market.”

The 260 graduates are now certified in Wielding, Electrical Installation, Heavy Duty Machinery, Food Preparation and Information Technology after completing the courses which ran for a period of either four to six months.

The Board of Industrial Training aims at intensifying the delivery of relevant occupational, technical and vocational skills. The training will address entry-level occupational skills’ demand for current and emerging industries or services both in the public and private sector.

BIT aims to have 25,000 persons graduate from their programmes by the end of 2019.

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