Essequibo youths urged to take up skills training, grants
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A section of the gathering at Golden Fleece
A section of the gathering at Golden Fleece

THE government is urging youths in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to take up the many skills training opportunities that are available at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport.

Assistant Director of Youth, Suresh Singh, speaking to the youths at Golden Fleece

A team from the ministry, led by the Director of Youth, Leslyn Boyce, conducted an outreach on Saturday during a two-day visit and met with a number of youths at Golden Fleece and Queenstown.
The Assistant Director of Youth, Suresh Singh, said that there are various units within the Department of Youth that provide opportunities in the area of Youth Entrepreneurial Skills Training (YEST), Youth Empowerment Unit (YEU), President’s Youth Award Republic of Guyana (PYARG) and the Volunteer Support Platform.

Referring to the YEST programme, Singh said that through the Sophia training centre, Kuru Kuru training centre and Vryman’s Ervin training centre, Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) are available. As it relates to the grants, he said youths can apply, through the Youth Empowerment Unit, to acquire relevant qualifications, training and resources as well as experience.
Meanwhile, Project Manager of the Volunteer Support Platform (VSP), Germaine Watson, informed the youths that the unit provides training, support and networking opportunities to aid volunteers and volunteering organisations, as well as job experience.
During the meeting, youths requested cricket gears, cooking and cosmetology classes. The team will also be reaching out to youths at Queenstown, Darthmouth, Lima, Sparta, Pomona and Charity.

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