Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 23 September 2013 09:35

Education Ministry in partnership for TVET career fair

THE Ministry of Education will be partnering with various companies to host a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) open career fair on September 26.

It will be staged at the Ministry’s ground on Carifesta Avenue, in Georgetown, as a part of Education Month 2013 observance.

In an interview with the Guyana Chronicle yesterday, Assistant Chief Education Officer (Technical), Mr. Patrick Chinedu explained that the main objective of the event is to inform Guyanese, particularly youths, about TVET in Guyana’s context and the various job opportunities which exist.
He said there is a misconceived notion of what technical education is in Guyana and that, although it is for persons who are not academically inclined, it is not only about practical but also about theory.

Chinedu took the opportunity to state that, when TVET is examined globally, it can be seen that this has helped to change many countries by bridging the gap between the skilled population and its direct impact on the economy.
“Because, in a country which is industrially oriented, if you don’t have that skilled manpower, you are not going to be successful,” he pointed out.
Therefore, Chinedu said Guyana can also be one of those countries that TVET can help to be more competitive.

He reported that, so far, 15 companies have confirmed their participation with the ministry for the staging and they will be representing the various industries and showing persons the job opportunities which exist after studying TVET programmes.

Participating firms

The participating firms include Banks DIH, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Beharry Group of Companies, Republic Bank, Farfan and Mendes Limited and Grand Coastal Inn.
Chinedu said, from time to time, industries call on the technical institutes to provide skilled personnel and, in some areas, before the programmes are concluded, all the students have been placed.

He said the technical institutes which fall under the umbrella of the Education Ministry, such as the Government Technical Institute (GTI), New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) and the Linden Technical Institute, all offer a variety of programmes.

Among them are those in the field of engineering, like mechanical, electrical and civil engineering, science and even business.
Other technical/vocational schools are the Guyana Industrial Training Centre (GITC), Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA) and Carnegie School of Home Economics, the last of which presents opportunities in tourism and hospitality.

According to him, TVET offers different levels of programmes, amongst them level one; diploma and technician qualifications and this fair would allow persons to ascertain the requirements to undertake them.

Booths will be set up to facilitate persons to view information on the programmes and job opportunities and practitioners, lecturers, heads of the departments and principals will be on hand to interact with viewers.

Source: Guyana Chronicle

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