Guyana: BIT trains to improve their delivery of health, wellness information to trainees
Guyana: BIT trains to improve their delivery of health, wellness information to trainees Picture Courtesy: Labour Ministry

Guyana: The Labour Ministry of the Republic of Guyana has informed that the facilitators and tutors of the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) across the country are benefiting from training to improve their delivery of health and wellness information to trainees following the launch of a three-day Comprehensive Health Care and Wellness Workshop.

The workshop at Duke Lodge, Kingston, is made possible through a collaboration between the BIT and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The facilitators will be educated on topics such as mental and emotional health, sexual and gender violence, personal care, self and interpersonal relationships, and others.

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Richard Maughn, Chief Executive Officer of BIT, spoke briefly on the relevance of this program, which attempts to re-expose facilitators to current health and wellness information needed to teach their respective trainees adequately. It also supplements the agency’s 2020 shift to broaden the coverage of health categories like mental and physical health, among other aspects, via an online platform.

Maughn stated that the project is linked to the agency’s goal of developing skilled workers who can successfully integrate into the workplace. To that end, he promised that similar workshops would be held in the future because of this collaboration.

Adler Bynoe, Liaison Officer at UNFPA, presented briefly on the agency’s journey since 2008 when it began collaborating with numerous vocational and technical schools to integrate health care and wellness subjects into their respective curricula. The workshop is one of several initiatives completed by the agency to provide facilitators, tutors, and the necessary expertise to share.

Also present at the workshop was UNFPA’s Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Coordinator, Babsie Giddings.

On December 13, 2022, a delegation from Suriname and AGM Inc. /Zijin Mining met with Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton during a courtesy call.

The delegation includes Ministry of Natural Resources, Advisor Mining and Energy Clyde Griffith, Gold Partnership Staatsolie, Manager Lindsey Donokarijo and Americas RPM Global and President of Advisory and Consulting Stuart Smith.

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Picture Courtesy: Ministry of Labour of Guyana

AGM Inc. /Zijin Mining representatives include General Manager Victor Wu, Liaison Manager Ragunauth Ramsaroop, Administration and HR Manager Jerry Zhu and Chief Finance Officer Peter Luo.