Skills training for Venezuelan migrants in Guyana

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The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Government of Guyana through the Kuru Kuru Training College has partnered to offer vocational skills training to Venezuelan migrants, in an effort to make them employable.

IOM representative on the Department of Citizenship’s Multi-Stakeholder Committee Denish Persaud made this announcement Monday at the stakeholder meeting, which was held at the Department’s boardroom. The Committee is tasked with monitoring the Venezuelan migrant situation in Guyana.

According to Persaud, the courses would be initially offered in Georgetown and Pomeroon – Supenaam (Region Two) and the curricula would be translated into Spanish to facilitate a better learning environment for the Venezuelans, however, the aim is to include Guyanese students so that there can be integration.

Persaud noted too that the entity is looking at medium and long-term solutions and, providing the response from the migrants is encouraging, then the programmes would be rolled out to other regions, where there is also an influx.

The courses will commence in August and will run for six to 12 weeks in the areas of garment construction, refrigeration, air conditioning repairs and maintenance, building and construction, welding, food safety mechanisms and electrical installation. (Extracted and modified from Ministry of the Presidency)

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