Georgetown, Guyana – (July 8, 2019) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger this morning encouraged youth to use the skills they will develop in Information Communication Technology (ICT), to secure employment in various sectors.

Mrs. Granger made the remarks as she declared open an ICT workshop at the Mabaruma Resource Institute, Mabaruma, Barima-Waini (Region one).

“This is not a workshop to wild away the time during the August vacation, there is a very serious purpose behind it, and that purpose is gainful employment,” Mrs. Granger said while adding, “The beauty about it for young people, is that it takes you behind text messages and talking to your friends on Facebook, [to teaching them] how to understand programming and computers.”

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Board of Industrial Training (BIT), Mr. Richard Maughn, said the BIT is committed to youth development.

“We are motivated to continue these workshops with the office of the First Lady. Because of the success rate that these workshops have been enjoying…what we know for sure is that we need to be involved in developing young minds to embrace the future. ICT can open up the world of possibilities to you,” he said.

While the workshop which runs until August 3, 2019, will focus primarily on ICT, Micro Enterprise, STEM Robotics and Sexual and Reproductive Health will also feature.

Meanwhile, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Region One, Lieutenant Colonel Randy Storm, said it is possible that some participants may find employment with the Regional Administration. “When I look at you today, I see future employees of the Region …if we are to start [to digitise or records], we will need your help,” Mr. Storm stated.

Regional Education Officer, Region one, Mr. Nigel Richards also attended the opening of the workshop.

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