More skills added for continuous development in the Upper-Corentyne

DPI/GINA, GUYANA, Sunday, July 09 2017

Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre collaborated with the Ministry of Social Protection, Board of Industrial Training (BIT) to add more skilled personnel to the Upper Corentyne communities.

One Hundred and twenty-nine (129) persons in Upper Corentyne recently graduated from the Board of Industrial Training (BIT), National Training Project for Youth Empowerment (NTPYE) in the six (6) skill areas of Electrical Installation, Heavy Duty Operator, Auto Electrician, Supervisory Management, Motor Vehicle Technology, Welding and Fabrication and Information Technology.

Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection, Keith Scott delivering the key note address

The graduating ceremony was held at the Centre at Number 78 Village, Corriverton, Corentyne, East Berbice. Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection Keith Scott who delivered the feature address noted that the Government is working to ensure all youths are equipped with the necessary skills for the country’s development.

“We and you, together with us will now have to prepare the younger generation to be able to fit into the scheme of things and the demands that are being and will be made on the young products of our society” Minster Scott said.

Some of the graduates shared their thoughts with the Department of Public Information (DPI) Info Hub how they felt about participating the training programme.

Teelawattie Persaud explained that programme was very helpful, “There were so many stuff that I didn’t know but I learn and they help me in many ways, I will share that, (I) would like for more people to know that.”

A section of the graduating students

Andre Tyndall, the best graduating student in Supervisory Management, said that the programme was excellent. “We had a lot of time, we also had a lot of exercises, role play and these kinds of things and I find that is very helpful in learning and it assist you in learning faster and helps you to retain better. All in all, the instructors, the way that they use the techniques in the training was excellent,” Tyndall explained.

Shawaz Hussain said the encouragement from teachers, students and parents was good.  “Whosoever want to come and study motor vehicle technology it is a very good trade or I should say a good skill to take part in,” Hussain said, as he encouraged other youths to be a part of the programme.

Imran Abrahim congratulated the government for initialising the course. He added that “prior to this we weren’t having any training in terms of skills set and I must commend them.”

The National Training Project for Youth Empowerment (NTPYE) was launched in 2005 to provide Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to out-of-school youths across the country in various technical and vocational skills.

By: Delon Sancho