The students who graduated on Wednesday lastEducation Minister Dr Nicolette Henry called on young persons to qualify themselves to take advantage of the wide scope of opportunities and possibilities provided by the evolution of new industries into Guyana’s economy.Her call came as she addressed 51 apprentices, including a lone female, who graduated from Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC) on Wednesday last. The skilled young people are now equipped with both practical and theoretical knowledge.Minister Henry believes that this new generation is currently facing and will inevitably face faster changes and challenges in the world. Globalisation, the advent of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and the development of a knowledge-based economy are leading the changes at an unprecedented rate and scale.“These are skills and knowledge that you will need to get started in life, particularly in world of work. I have to also let you know that notwithstanding you being graduated here today, the road ahead will present challenges, which of course, you can turn into opportunities. Irrespective of your discipline of study, I ask you to give your very best and give back to your community. Let me take this opportunity to thank all of you in advance for your service to Guyana. I know that you will go on to do very well”.She further stated that the advancement of technical and vocational training, the increase of youth programmes across the country, and the financial allocations toward education all permeate the Ministry’s goal in ensuring that all Guyanese are equipped to embrace the evolution.She told the apprentices that their training was a step in the right direction in preparing them with the necessary skills to benefit Guyana.Meanwhile, Region Six Chairman David Armogan explained that it is not difficult to find someone who is an executive in an organisation outside of Guyana that passed through Port Mourant Training Center.“That alone tells you the level of training that you can get here”. He noted that over the years, GuySuCo has recognised the importance of producing skilled craft men and women to ensure that their operations were ongoing.“I recall that many other institutions and businesses in Guyana, including Banks DIH, would have sent apprentices here to get qualified and go back to their respective organisations to continue working. So, it not only provides a service for GuySuCo but also for many other industries within our country, and maybe the Caribbean should be thankful to us for exporting some of our graduates to their countries to keep their industries going”.He added that the apprentice scheme is not only designed to train high-quality craftsmen but also to instil the ethics of work and the discipline needed in employment in these young men and women.“Guyana cannot develop unless we have a full country of skilled persons readily available to take off of work in the organisations and industries that would be available in the country. Today, our country is poised for some level of higher prosperity because of the oil industry which is going to start getting into production sometime in 2020”.Since 1960, the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) had partnered with GuySuCo to make the Apprenticeship Programme a success. The programme seeks to enable persons to gain the technical competencies in numerous fields such as electrical, mechanic, and machinery among others.It is designed to satisfy the need for vocational/technical skills in field and factory.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week McCauley’s report culminates an inquiry sparked several years ago when U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials said they were concerned about leases for welfare offices and the possible waste of federal dollars intended to help mostly poor people. The county owns about 5,000 buildings and leases 358 additional facilities. Under lease-back deals, state and federal governments can provide a higher rate of reimbursement to counties that lease space rather than own it outright. McCauley’s report also comes as the District Attorney’s Office is investigating the county Chief Administrative Office’s Real Estate Division to determine whether its head, Chuck West, provided inside information to a prominent Westside developer that built three of the office buildings, then leased them back to the county. The District Attorney’s Office probe, which officials said Tuesday is ongoing, led to West, also known as Charles Mazouch, 55, of South Pasadena, being put on paid leave Sept. 14. Los Angeles County must reimburse the federal government $6 million after years of inflating claims and misspending taxpayer dollars on lucrative lease-back deals for four welfare offices, according to an auditor’s report released Tuesday. The report’s author says county government also must reduce future claims by $1.4 million annually for state and federal reimbursement of building-lease costs for the four offices – two in El Monte and the others in Glendale and West Los Angeles. In addition, county Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley said he now intends to review all county leases that involve state and federal reimbursements. “What I need to do is start looking at all of these contracts for space costs to make sure they comply with federal guidelines,” McCauley said. That was a day before investigators served search warrants seeking financial records and vacation photos of West and his wife and any recordings demonstrating any conspiracy between West and the developers, according to the warrants. Warrants seeking similar documents and photos also were served on developers Robert Sonnenblick and Nelson Del Rio and their wives. West has denied that he had any inappropriate dealings with Sonnenblick-Del Rio, including providing the developer with inside information or allowing officials to pay for his vacations to Jamaica, Europe and Breckenridge, Colo. Sonnenblick-Del Rio officials did not return calls for comment. Dave Parker, manager of Chase Glendale Services, said the firm owns the Glendale office building and leases it to the county. “Out of 500 deals I’ve done, this is how I’ve done all of them,” Parker said. “Ours is a straight deal. I just finished a similar deal with a national church organization. I’m really surprised.” In his report detailing the lease-back deals, McCauley wrote that in one case the Department of Public Social Services had searched unsuccessfully for 10 years for an office building in West Los Angeles because of the limited amount of office space available. After the long delay, the county issued a request for proposals in April 1999 for a build-to-suit lease. The county received three bids and selected Sonnenblick-Del Rio. The developer’s proposal included bringing the city of Los Angeles into the transaction to maximize the county’s reimbursement and ensure tax-exempt status, McCauley wrote. Under the arrangement, the city financed the purchase of the land and the construction of the building, using tax-exempt certificates of participation. The city leased the building from SDR West Los Angeles Leasing Corp., a nonprofit subsidiary of SDR, and then leased the building to the county. At the end of the lease, the city will get title to the building. “While the (Chief Administrative Office) did use a (request for proposals) to obtain bids for the facility, the CAO did not follow typical RFP procedures in evaluating the bids,” McCauley wrote. CAO letters to the Board of Supervisors in August 1999 and January 2000 indicate that a committee – a real estate consultant and representatives from county departments – participated in reviewing the proposals. A real estate consultant, Alan Kotin, who analyzes leases for the county at Marina del Rey and on the Grand Avenue project, issued a report indicating the SDR proposal was the most financially advantageous for the county, McCauley wrote. But while the Board of Supervisors ultimately approved the lease agreement, Kotin did not provide a final recommendation, and there was no documentation available on how the final selection was made, McCauley wrote. On Tuesday, Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen defended the process. “I happen to think it’s a good thing to add in an outside consultant,” Janssen said. “He concluded what the committee was looking at was the best deal for the county.” But Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, disagreed. “This is another example of how government in general is an extraordinarily inept and corrupt manager of real-estate assets,” Coupal said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!