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Sunday, 02 December 2018 09:10

40 Region Two youths graduate from BIT’s first boat building programme

news 20181203 3Forty young men and women recently graduated from the Board of Industrial Training (BIT)’s inaugural boat programme. It was delivered in St. Monica and Kabakaburi in Region Two.

BIT’s Chairman, Mr. Clinton Williams noted that this was a significant achievement not only for the Region but for the institution as well. At the well-attended event, Williams said that the use of boats with small engines continues to be the main source of conveyance for many hinterland villages. As such, the BIT Chairman said that this presented key opportunities for training in boat building and small engine repairs in that area.
Under the guidance of Social Services Minister, Keith Scott, Williams said that BIT was eager to launch its new initiative for 2018 which focused on boat building. He said that this project was successfully implemented at St. Monica Village. Further to this, Williams said he was happy to learn that the programme saw the women of the graduating class building a boat that will be fully outfitted with an outboard motor and given to the village as a gift.
He then extended sincere congratulations to the trainees for successfully completing the programme. Williams said, “It is my fervent wish that you will utilize this glorious opportunity by displaying these exposures towards your own development as well as the development of Guyana and in the end, make us all proud.”
Williams told this newspaper that BIT intends to replicate the project of boat building skills in other regions as well as donate two more completed boats to the communities of Orealla in the Corentyne River and Baracara in the Canje Creek in 2019.
Further to this, the Chairman said that BIT will continue to intensify the delivery of technical and vocational skill training with a view to addressing the skill demand needs not only for the existing, but also the emerging industries, such as Oil and Gas, Clean Energy, Hydro-phonic Farming, Robotics, Agro-processing, among others.
Turning his attention to the National Training Programme for Youth Empowerment (NTYPE), Williams reminded that it was launched in 2006 with the objective of providing competency-based Technical and Vocational Education and Training, to fill the dire shortage of entry level technical skills for both the Private and Public Sector.
He said that the Current Administration has not only embraced, but expanded the programme. In a sense, Williams said that the programme has always and continues to enjoy bipartisan support.
Furthermore, the BIT Chairman said that the NTYPE programmes are being delivered in all of the Regions. He said that the programmes are designed to target vulnerable groups such as school dropouts and youths from depressed 20181203 4
Starting with a total of approximately 570 graduates in 2005, Williams said that the programme has grown tremendously over the years to the extent that by the end of 2017, over 20,000 persons in numerous skill sets namely Engineering and Building Trades, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Forestry, Home Economics, Health Services, etc., drawn from across Guyana, would have been trained.
He said, “We have also expanded our relationship with the service providers to include five technical Institutes. These include the GuySuCo Training Centre ,Port Mourant, the Forestry Training Centre, and KuruKuru Training Centre. Other recognized Non-Governmental Organizations and Privately Owned Workshops, Garment Construction, Catering and ICT Service Providers continue to significantly expand the range and scope of skills produced.”
During the last two years, Williams said that BIT has included the previously under-utilized Practical Instruction Centres (PIC) at Buxton in Region Four.
Additionally, the BIT Chairman noted that 31 persons from the Orealla/Siparuta Villages in the Corentyne River were trained in Outboard and Small Engine Repairs, a vital vocation for the sustenance and empowerment for the residents of these communities.
From the year 2000 to date, the Board of Industrial Training has collaborated in the delivery and certification of approximately 22,000 Occupational Skills across Guyana for which the NTYPE Programmes which amounted to approximately 12,822 Craftsmen.
The BIT Chairman acknowledged the contributions of other service providers from within this Region who have also partnered with the Board in the generation of the TECHVOC skills. They include: R K Computer Institute, Taste of Heaven, Roadside Baptist Skills Centre, Corle’s Engineering Consultancy, Orealla Village Council, Siparuta Village Council, Icua Village Council, Henry’s workshop, Winkle Road Workshop and the New Amsterdam Technical Institute.
He also thanked institutions such as the Guyana Power and Light, National Insurance Scheme, Ministry of Education and the Guyana Fire Service for their role in providing employment for trainees across the Region.
With the aforementioned in mind, Williams said he is assured that the graduates will add to the development of Guyana and in the end, make everyone proud.


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