Think outside the box – Hamilton urges women pursuing BIT programmes

…as female trainee uses new skill to build boat

Women are being encouraged to participate in more non-traditional training programmes offered by the Labour Ministry’s Board of Industrial Training (BIT).
Labour Minister Joseph Hamilton is pushing to ensure women are participating in the free technical programmes being offered by BIT. According to a DPI report, there has been reduction in the number of cosmetology programmes being offered in various areas, as a way of encouraging women to “think outside the box”.
Six women and three men hailing from Wakapao village graduated from BIT’s solar installation training programme, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).
The females are utilising the skills attained to help enhance their communities. The participants from that programme retrofitted their community centre with solar lights, and put in the electrical wiring to ensure community members can use the centre at nights.

The boat that was donated to labour officers

At the graduation ceremony at the Anna Regina Regional Labour Office, Region Two on Friday, the Minister highlighted that 52 per cent of the population are women, as he reiterated Government’s commitment to upskill both men and women for opportunities that exist in the country.
“I have put an embargo in some places across this country on cosmetology because there is only so many you can give. I have put an embargo because I want to direct women into jobs where real money exists…every programme that we run, women have to permanently be placed in them and women, you have to think outside of the box. Do not let people guide you only to do hair and nails, you could do more than that,” Hamilton is quoted by DPI as saying.
While in the region, Hamilton visited St Monica Mission to receive a boat that was made by several women who were participants of a boat construction programme. The boat will aid labour officers to commute the riverine communities in Region Two to deliver ministerial services.
Meanwhile, Kelcia Miguel, who assisted in the construction of the boat, expressed eagerness to apply her newly acquired skills.
“I feel really excited because now I could go about and say I know certain skills and techniques about boat building because being in the boat building programme, I have learned certain things.”
She further encouraged women to take part in more technical programmes.
“I think that the Government should get females involved in jobs that men can because we can do same thing that men can do if we put our self or if the Government give us the opportunity to do it. I would like women to participate in these projects more because we have the ability to do it.”
The Ministry will soon be introducing joinery in the logging community of St Monica.