The Ministry of Labour is charging businesses to create more opportunities for Guyanese to be gainfully employed within their agencies by partnering with the Board of Industrial Training.
Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton emphasised that skilled labour is vital to the sustained growth of any economy.
He has therefore called on businesses to intensify efforts to train Guyanese for the jobs they offer.
“Therefore I call on the employers that are here to seek collaboration with the Board of Industrial Training for the implementation of programmes that will result in the development of with the skills that are required for productivity within your companies, and the establishment also of apprenticeship programmes within your companies.”
He was at the time speaking at the opening of the Central Recruitment and manpower agencies’ job fair.
The Minister lauded the success of the BIT programmes, noting that it has been expanded significantly across the country over recent years.
He has urged businesses not to underestimate the abilities of Guyanese, especially the ability of women to excel in main dominated fields.
“Of the 7000 and odd persons we have trained in two years, more than 50% of those persons were females we have trained through the length and breadth of this country. Females who never thought that they could’ve operated heavy duty equipment, today they are able to do it. Females who never thought that they could’ve been a good welder and fabricator, today they are able to do it.”