Largest contingent for ‘Youth in Natural Resources’

─ third apprenticeship programme launched

DPI, Guyana, Monday, August 5, 2019

The third instalment of the Government’s Youth in Natural Resources (YNR) Apprenticeship Programme was launched earlier today. The 21 youngsters comprise the largest group to have enrolled in the initiative since its inception.

The participants will go through a rapid three-week knowledge-based programme designed to not only pique their interest but also serve as a guide for those desirous of a career in the Natural Resources Sector; in mining, forestry or petroleum.

During this third roll out, participants, among them university and technical institute students from across Guyana, will travel the various regions visiting those companies who make up the country’s extractive sector. It will give them the chance to experience first-hand the country’s interior, learn about the natural resources sector and job opportunities in these sectors.

“Today, we are taking you the participants of the Youth in Natural Resources Apprenticeship Programme – Three… into the fold of the Ministry of Natural Resources, and under our wings so to speak,” Minister of Natural Resources, Hon. Raphael Trotman told the apprentices.

As he gave the charge at the event, Minister Trotman commended the youngsters for their interest. He hinted that they were in for a treat, as they will get a much better look at their country.

“We hope to expose you to wonderous things, places and people and stretch you both physically and mentally. The aim is to touch your hearts and minds, so that you see each other differently; to see nature, the natural resources and the communities that you will engage in a whole new way.”

The participants will be able to establish corporate links through networking with the businesses in the sector and be enrolled a Youth Ambassadors for Natural Resources.

YNR was launched in 2016/ 2017 as part of the Ministry of Natural Resources’ corporate social responsibility. Support comes from corporate partners, the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and the Department of Social Cohesion.