Local Maritime School inks MOU with DR-based University to provide oil & gas, maritime training


See below a press release from the Atlantic Alliance Maritime and Offshore Training Institute (AAMOTI):

Guyana’s premier maritime training school – the Atlantic Alliance Maritime and Offshore Training Institute (AAMOTI) – on Wednesday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Dominican Republic-based University for enhanced collaboration and upskilling of this country’s workforce.

The MOU was signed between AAMOTI and the UNIVERSIDAD DEL CARIBE (UNICARIBE) in Santo Domingo, during a state visit to the Dominican Republic by a high-level Guyanese government and private sector delegation.

UNICARIBE was represented by its Chancellor José Alejandro Aybar, while AAMOTI was represented by Managing Partner, Miranda Thakur-Deen.

According to the MOU, the two institutes have agreed to form an alliance to “enhance the exchange of administrative, technical and human resources to promote mutual benefits” through investment, development and marketing in both countries for education and training programs.

The training programmes offered by the institutes span a number of sectors, including oil and gas, energy, tourism and hospitality, and maritime.

AAMOTI currently offers a number of certificate courses such as Basic Safety Training (BST) courses, Advanced Firefighting, Advanced Medical Care, and Ship Security Awareness training.

The institute also offers a three-year marine cadetship programme. These courses and programme are accredited by both the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), allowing graduates to hold internationally-recognized certificates and licenses.

“This agreement represents the start of what will be a long and fruitful relationship between AAMOTI and UNICARIBE. It is also a demonstration of the University’s confidence in our ability to deliver specialized high-quality training to our locals, to prepare them for the emerging opportunities in our economy,” Mrs Thakur-Deen said shortly after the signing.

The institute’s Managing Partner highlighted the fact that since it opened its doors last year, AAMOTI has established strong partnerships with major players in the maritime sector.

These include: the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC), the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF), and now UNICARIBE.

“So, while we are focused on upskilling our locals, AAMOTI is also pursuing partnerships with reputable bodies to ensure Guyanese can benefit from other opportunities including employment,” Thakur-Deen stated.

AAMOTI is also partnering with the Office of the First Lady to provide technical training to 100 women from indigenous communities across Guyana.

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