More youths to benefit from NTPYE programmes in 2019

DPI, Guyana, Monday, November 26, 2018

Board Chairman for the Board of Industrial Training (BIT), Clinton Williams said that more youths within far-flung communities such as Orealla and Baracara will soon benefit from the implementation of boat building, block making, electrical installation and small engine repairs workshops next year.

Williams was at the time addressing the audience at the graduation of 40 young people, from St Monica and Kabakauri, Region Two, from the National Training Project for Youth Empowerment.

Chairperson of the Board for BIT, Clinton Williams

Williams said he is grateful that the country’s future leaders are being provided with these opportunities for self-empowerment. “We want to ensure that the training provided not only offers skills and knowledge but provides a service that will be value for money and so we are even more proud to be able to deliver the product following the training…in a sense we are giving something that can be used to earn money and build your community.”

The National Training Project for Youth Empowerment is an initiative that seeks to address the issue of youth unemployment whilst creating a generation of young people who will become the new entrepreneurial class.

For the past 18 years, BIT has generated over 20,660 artisans and semi-skilled workers that have been added to the workforce. The renewed focus of training implemented under the National Training Project for Youth Empowerment (NTPYE) programme will shape the opportunity for the beneficiaries to gain entry into the regular programme of recognised Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institution.

Under the NTPYE programme , the nation’s future leaders are set to benefit from 18 areas: block making/masonry, boat building, electrical installation, machine fitting, food preparation, garment construction, general building construction, heavy duty equipment operation, Information Technology, motor vehicle repairs, plumbing, refrigeration, small engine repairs, supervisory training and welding and fabrication.

It also includes the implementation of training for the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) in boat building, general building construction, heavy-duty equipment operator maintenance and repair, JAWS computer training for persons with visual disabilities, small engine repairs and solar photovoltaic training in installation, maintenance and repair of Solar Photovoltaic equipment. These trainings exercises are expected to realise the empowerment of approximately 1400 persons.

During the BIT graduation at St. Monica on Friday last, a boat and outboard engine built by the graduates was donated to the residents of St. Monica.

Neola Damon

Images: Karime Peters

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