The Guyana Sugar Corporation Training Centre (GTC) has developed a 120-hours training programme for retrenched sugar workers, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).
At a recent meeting with Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman, School Programme Coordinator, Zamin Ally said the programme will be split between the New Amsterdam Technical Institute, the GTC and the Upper Corentyne Training Centre. DPI said that the meeting forms part of a needs assessment evaluation to determine how the GTC can train local content for the oil and gas industry.
The technical training programme is part of GuySuCo’s Alternative Livelihood Programme for the more than 4,000 sugar workers who have been retrenched.
“I know the Communications Officer at GuySuCo, she is actually working to engage the community and to see how much persons will be interested. What we are doing here is preparing ourselves to accommodate them,” Ally said.
GTC which is located in Port Mourant, Berbice will be providing courses in mechanics, refrigeration, agriculture mechanics, motor vehicle, welding and fabrication and electrical installations.
Trotman indicated his Ministry’s willingness to sponsor some of the workers who would be part of the programme, DPI said.