A total of 7,500 persons were trained by the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) within the last two years. This is according to Labour Minister, Joseph Hamilton who told the National Assembly today that more than 70% of those who undertook the training are now employed in various sectors.
In his presentation, Minister Hamilton outlined that in 2020, 2,000 persons were trained under BIT while in 2021, another 3,086 persons had undergone training. Last year, 4,500 persons had also completed courses under the BIT programme.
But Minister Hamilton wasted no time in lambasting the previous administration who he claimed did little to open the BIT programme to other regions, including the Hinterland. He outlined that under the APNU-AFC administration, only between 1,300 to 1,500 persons were trained.
“We are about to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aeronautic school in Ogle. We have just signed a MoU with the electrical inspectorate of the Ministry of Public works to ensure that all people we trained as electrical installation personnel, they can be certified,” Hamilton said.
Minister Hamilton projected for 2023, an additional 7,000 persons will be trained under BIT. The training body also plans on collaborating with several oil and gas companies.
The minister also spoke about the success of the Government’s online job bank. According to the minister, since last year, more than 3000 persons have gained employment with 239 employers, all thanks to the initiative.