In an effort to support the development of Guyana’s expanding maritime and offshore industries, the AA Maritime and Offshore Training Institute (AAMOTI) is now part of the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) scholarship programmes.
A release by the institute said these educational opportunities will enable Guyanese with a chance to pursue a career in marine cadetship locally.
The three-year program, which is accredited by the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), will allow locals to become internationally-licensed Cadet Officers upon successful completion.
It said that prospective students will be able to choose their specialization to either become an Officer in Charge of Navigation Watch or Officer in Charge of Engine Watch (Engineering) – both of which require two years in-class teaching and at least one year on board a seagoing vessel. Students can also pursue a career as an Electro-Technical Officer through the four-month certificate programme.
“This is us responding to the call by the Government to ensure we are prepared to benefit from the opportunities in our bourgeoning oil and gas and maritime sectors. We invested in this with the aim of developing our human resource capacity to respond to needs of the country,” the Managing Director, Asif Hamid was quoted.
Further, Hamid said the institution is continuously developing its workforce to deliver high quality service to all stakeholders and is committed to attracting the highest calibre of professionals who can make a difference in the school and the lives of its students.
According to the President of the institution, Captain Hassan Fouda, “Successful candidates will have enormous opportunities to build their career in the maritime industry, enhance interpersonal skills, establish professional networks and expand on career goals.”
The program will expose Guyanese to a relatively new industry with enormous potential to transform the country, he added.
Young and aspiring candidates between the ages of 17 and 25 with five Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects can apply for the programme through GOAL before January 15, 2023.
GOAL is an initiative launched by the Government of Guyana to provide 20,000 online scholarships to Guyanese to pursue tertiary level programmes via partnerships with reputable universities.