GTTI and Gamworks hand over tools and equipment to trained graduates from Jarra Kani Kunda and Medina Serign Mass

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) in collaboration with Gamworks Agency recently completed a six months skills training for thirty students in Carpentry and Joinery as well as Welding and Fabrication. The training held at its Rural Skills Training Centre in Mansakonko was to provide livelihood support skills to rural youths to enable them become entrepreneurs in their various communities.

The Director General of GTTI, Mrs Jahou S. Faal, in her opening remarks reminded students the importance of skills training in national development.  She thanked Gamworks Agency for facilitating the training through the Community Based Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project (CILIP).  She said after the six months intensive skills acquisition training students should be fully equipped with the skills and the knowledge to be able to create jobs in their respective communities, a core mandate of the GTTI. She therefore challenged the youths to be ambassadors and role models in their communities.

The Governor of LRR, Mrs Fanta Bojang Samateh Manneh commended GTTI and Gamworks Agency for this laudable initiative in helping the youths to acquire the requisite skills in order to provide national development in their respective communities. She commended the youths for successfully completing the training and challenged GTTI not to relent in its drive to empower rural youths through skill acquisition.  She assured GTTI of her office’s support and urged the students to make good use of the skills acquired in their communities.

The Director General of Gamworks Agency, Mr. Bai Ebrima Cham commended GTTI for successfully carrying out the training as envisaged. He said the training was another drive in Gamworks’ promotion of Youth National Development in partnership with the Ministry of Regional Government and Lands.  He affirmed the collaborative partnership of GTTI and Gamworks Agency and hoped that it would strengthen and have great impact on the livelihood of Gambian Youths.  Mr Cham noted that the Youths were trained not only on skills acquisition but were also provided with the requisite tools and equipment to start their own workshops. He said there would be a follow-up and impact assessment during the next four months to ensure there is productivity.

The ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by one of the graduating students and a representative of the student union.  This was followed by an inspection of practical works produce by students and presentation of certificates to students.  GTTI staff and other officials were led on a conducted tour of the Jarra Kanikunda Skills Training Centre for inspection of materials and tools provided.