MACORP offering cost-free training to Reg. 9 residents

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, July 18, 2019

Machinery Corporation of Guyana (MACORP) is offering its world accredited online training programme, ‘Technicians for the Caribbean’ free of cost to Region 9 residents, especially the youths.

Villagers of Annai were introduced to the programme by MACORP Training Director, Miguel Oviedo at the Bina Hill Institute. He was part of a team comprising Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Hon. Sydney Allicock, Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Mervyn Williams and Guyana’s High Commissioner to India, David Pollard, who recently visited the area.

According to Oviedo, the Caterpillar machinery training course can be accessed through any internet-connected device throughout the year, enabling persons to acquire a technician’s certificate that is internationally recognised.

Upon completion of the course, successful participants will be selected to participate in an in-house training session at MACORP on the East Bank of Demerara. These students will be instructed and certified while gaining experience.

Oviedo added as part MACORP’s cooperate social responsibility, it has renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Guyana (UG) to provide free training to students at the institutions.

Minister Allicock explained that the aim is to partner with companies, such as MACORP, to provide training to Indigenous youths. He said it is part of the government’s effort to ensure youths in the hinterland benefit from the same opportunities as those on the coast.

“The intention is that when the road [Linden to Lethem] becomes a reality, there will be skilled individuals to operate heavy-duty machinery. There are several of Caterpillar machinery along the roadway that are not working, and we need operators and we need them now and even more in the future.”

The minister urged the youths to make full use of the opportunity.