Sunday, July 18, 2010

Youth-oriented training programme boosts labour market by 200

TWO HUNDRED youths are now empowered to join the workforce, having completed training under the residential Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training (YEST) programme conducted at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports’ Kuru Kuru Training Centre.
The 2009-2010 batch of students graduated at a ceremony Friday at the Kuru Kuru Training Centre on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway after having successfully completed the ten-month residential course.

The programme seeks to provide opportunities for youths to develop their talents in cultural activities, sports and confidence building, and entrepreneurial skills through practice, in order that they become well-rounded individuals.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport, Alfred King presents a gift to one of the graduates of the YEST programme

The students graduated in nine subject areas including business studies, carpentry, electrical installation, joinery, masonry, motor mechanics, plumbing and sheet metal, welding and fabrication and garment construction.
Delivering the feature address, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony stated that the programme offers youths a chance to become employable and ensure that they are equipped for the work environment.
He urged that they make every effort to ensure that they use the skills and knowledge that they have garnered to effect positive changes in their lives.
The Minister commended the teachers and other staff of the YEST programme for their hard work and tireless efforts to overcome the challenges that they have encountered in executing their duties to ensure that the students were successful.
Minister Anthony told them of how proud he was to receive reports of past students of the centre making tremendous contributions to their communities.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, Permanent Secretary, Alfred King, Project Manager of the United Nations Development Programme, Trevor Clark and other executives of the Youth Ministry pose with the graduates of the Kuru Kuru Training Centre, Soesdyke/Linden Highway

Eleven trainees from the motor-mechanics course wrote and passed the driving exam, which was a pilot test by the Ministry.
Minister Anthony stated that this is another opportunity for them to be marketable for jobs that require a driver’s licence.
The objectives of the programme are to provide education and training to youths from all the regions of Guyana, and encourage interaction among youths from various environments.


  1. I want to know if this is good or bad for Guyana? The youths are the future so the old bags like Ram,Sharma,Corbin and Green can haul they rass and let youths progress.

  2. These programmes are indeed a major pillar in the lives of many young people in terms of being qualified and possessing the necessary skills for the world of work. Many of these young people didn't have the chance of making something of themselves in school... but thanks to the dedication of the Ministry and also the teachers at YEST, their futures are brighter and they are well rounded individuals...Well done...