|The Essequibo Technical Institute (ETI) in a move to ensure students gain practical work experience on Thursday inked a $4.6M apprenticeship agreement with Barama Company Limited.The sum covers the expenses of the two-year programme. Some 30 students are expected to benefit from the initiative.Education Minister Shaik Baksh speaking at the signing convened in the institute’s auditorium, lauded Barama’s support to push Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Region Two, and appealed to other corporate entities to do same in the other regions.He said the Education Ministry has been paying keen attention to the development of TVET as this area can play a vital role in transforming the lives of early school leavers.The programme allows these students an opportunity to learn a skill that will make them employable.Earlier this year, the ministry introduced an entrepreneurship education programme for TVET students. This initiative aims to equip students with the requisite skills to establish and manage their own businesses.The government is also constructing a technical institute at Mahaicony, Region Five; another at Leonora,Air Max Canada Online, Region Six; and has started preparatory work for the establishment of a skills training centre in Lethem,Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys, Region Nine.These projects, Baksh said, are geared to increase access to skills training throughout the country,Cheap MLB T-shirts, and aid in the development of a skilled labour force to meet the needs of enterprises and industries.In addition, he said the initiatives pave the way for students who are technically inclined to realise their full potential and positive contribute to national development.He asserted that given the acceleration of development in Guyana, more TVET students will be needed in the coming years to maintain the rate of the modernisation drive.On this score, he challenged the ETI to significantly improve its current student population of 200 in the next five years,Tottenham Hotspur Jersey Sale, so that it can play an impacting role in the development process.The minister commended the Region Two administration for its management of education delivery and development, and noted that unlike the other regions,Wholesale Adidas NHL Jerseys, Region Two has been one step ahead of the game. He was also hopeful that as the apprenticeship programme expands, Barama will increase its support for the initiative.Barama Company Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO),China Jerseys Cheap, Clement Ooi, said the company is proud to be part of the programme which is in keeping with its vision for people, operation and marketing. He also reiterated the company’s support for the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), and said the entity will continue to be an able partner in national development.Region Two Chairman Ali Baksh also praised the programme, pointing out that it will allow students to acquire valuable work experience.ETI Principal Michael Turner said the model apprenticeship programme is a huge boost in terms of encouraging students to pursue studies in TVET.Shortly after the inking of the agreement, several students who were part of a six-week work study attachment at Barama received certificates from the company.