Students given much-needed insight at career and training fair

DPI, GUYANA, Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Students from several secondary schools, and the Mahaicony Technical and Vocational Training Centre (MTVTC) in Region Five, were today exposed to a number of possible career paths at a Career and Training fair

Director of Youth Melissa Carmichael-Haynes.

The fair, hosted at the Mahaicony Technical and Vocational Training Centre, forms part of the National Youth Week 2018 activities and was described as very insightful by the students.

“This was an experience worth cherishing,” said 16-year-old Jerry Collins of the Mahaicony Secondary School. Collins, who plans to become an entrepreneur. “We had a lot of opportunities to see and get into areas that we know that we want to further our education in and the areas we want to develop, and I think I had a great experience.”

Fifteen-year-old Rosignol Secondary student Ezekiel Hannibal is aspiring to become a lawyer. “People have been telling me that after school I would have to go study law. Today at the fair and looking at all the booths, I am really encouraged to study more and be that person that I really want to be,” Hannibal explained.

Cartland James, Student of the No.8 Secondary.

No.8 Secondary School student, Cartland James explained that he was fascinated with what he saw at the fair. “I see it as a good thing. I learnt a lot from the Engineering Department and I see a lot of good things” Sixteen-year-old James said his conversation with the person in charge of department at MTVTC, piqued his interest, “When I finish school, I will attend the Mahaicony Technical Institute to learn to become an engineer.”

Director of Youth Melissa Carmichael-Haynes explained the fair aims to keep young people relevant in the growing economy by fostering youth development.  “Young people everywhere have goals and aspirations that we want to nurture to ensure that they are able to make meaningful contributions to the nation’s development. They are the resources to be utilised hence we will continue to provide them with the tools geared towards ensuring their empowerment and development,” Carmichael-Haynes underscored.

The National Youth Week continues tomorrow with the opening of the first ever Youth Business Summit at the Pegasus Hotel. Millions of dollars will be up for grabs as 21 youths will be given the opportunity to pitch business ideas to receive startup funding from $500,000 to one million dollars.

National Youth Week 2018 is being observed under the theme, “Empowering young people to foster national and community development through innovation.”


By: Isaiah Braithwaite

Photos by: Jules Gibson.

students engaging the exhibitors at the career and training fair.

Jerry Collins, Student of Mahaicony Secondary school.


students engaging the exhibitors at the career and training fair.

students engaging the exhibitors at the career and training fair.


students engaging the exhibitors at the career and training fair.