GWI places focus on training to boost performance

Twenty-five Guyana Water Inc (GWI) plant operators from across the country are now better equipped to perform optimally at their job.

The water treatment plant operators drawn from Regions Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and 10 recently graduated from a rigorous upskilling programme designed by the company.

Nazimul Ghani of Region Six was adjudged the best-graduating student.

During the six-month programme, the now level two operators were exposed to both classroom and fieldwork to get them to better understand the ins and outs of their duties.

Speaking at a simple yet significant graduation ceremony held in GWI’s boardroom, Shelterbelt, Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, Executive Director of Human Resources Management, Elvis Gordon congratulated the graduands on their achievement.

And on that note, he said GWI now looks forward to seeing them put their newly acquired skills into practice and to make a meaningful difference in their work environment.

GWI is expending billions of dollars to improve access to and quality of water as well as improving and expanding water infrastructures throughout Guyana.

This year, the government has invested approximately $14.5 billion in the water sector, targeting the delivery of treated water, upgrades to existing water infrastructure, construction of new facilities, and the drilling of wells across the country.

Construction of seven new water treatment plants and refurbishment of twelve existing ones are currently underway, with completion expected by 2024. These projects will significantly enhance the quality of water provided to residents.

Currently, 97 per cent of the population has access to clean water, and the government is working diligently to achieve full coverage by 2025.

With this level of investments in the water sector, Jordan told the graduands that much is expected of them in their work, attitude and output on the job.  

GWI is working to train all GWI plant operators this year and to commence supervisory training next year. The company in recent years has placed greater attention on training and retaining employees, retaining key and critical skills through improved packages, and recognizing employees who have pursued professional development opportunities.

GWI Board Member, Wendell Jeffrey, who also addressed the occasion, told the graduands that the GWI is a multibillion-dollar operation, and the company needs them but was also keen to emphasize that they must give their best on the job, with an eye for continuous improvement.