Ready to Work!

– 62 now equipped with skills to enter job market

DPI, Guyana, Friday, November 30, 2018

Some sixty-two students are now ready to work having graduated from the Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre, on Thursday, in areas such as furniture making, masonry and agricultural mechanics.

The institute seeks to provide technical and vocational education and training for youths as well as adults.

Administrator of the institution, Azad Sugrim, in his remarks, highlighted that the aim of the centre is to provide vocational education and training for youths 15 years and over, to enable them to contribute to the economic development of Guyana.

Graduating class surrounds members of the head table [from left to right] Colwyn King, Chairman of the Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre, Brijanand Mohadeo, Minister of Education, Dr. Nicolette Henry, Administrator Azad Sugrim and Officer in the Ministry of Public Security Citizen Security Strengthening Programme, Lauren Fraser

Specifically, he noted, the mandate of the centre is four-fold: to provide trainees with the necessary skills and knowledge for employment; to equip trainees with specialised competencies for further education and training; to develop and deliver special courses in keeping with the needs of industry and commerce in the community; and to train them in specific disciplines to facilitate self-employment.

Sugrim elaborated that the centre provides training for residents from Orealla and Siparuni villages on the Upper Corentyne River to as far as Liverpool on the Corentyne Coast including Black Bush Polder.

Sugrim noted that the centre commenced training in seven programmes with an enrolment of 127 trainees in September 2017 and out of this number 62 were deemed successful.

These trainees were exposed to six weeks of work attachment. The class obtained seven distinctions, 30 credits, 15 honorary passes and 10 passes.

Minister of Education, Dr. Nicolette Henry encouraged the graduating class to use the skills acquired to open a new chapter in their lives.

Delivering the feature address was Colwyn King; formerly from the office of the Assistant Chief Education Officer. King encouraged the students to aim high by pursuing further education.

The Best graduating trainees were: Agriculture Mechanics, Navindra Doolchand, Data Processing, Safeena Sugrim and Petal Punch; Furniture Making, Vickram Sanichara, Welding, Hazrat Naranjit. Best graduating trainee for Motor Vehicle Repairs, Nicolas Samaroo, Entrepreneurial Training, Joanne Lambert and best graduating trainee for Technical English, Petal Punch.

Story and Images: Tanuja Raikha 


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