GTTI first Skills Day competition booked for June

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Gambia Technical Training Institutes (GTTI) has fixed June 13 for its first skills day competition, which targets to improve marketing and networking skills in the country.

The concept is to encourage and improve marketing and networking skills of students by establishing a project exhibition competition, which will be judged by officials of private sector companies, real estate heads; youth support organisations, projects heads and supporting personnel.

Organisers said this week, that the competition will comprise of sessions like job fair networking and exhibition.

Secretary General of GTTI Student Union Majula Barrow said they are organising the event to promote polytechnic education and skills acquisition, which, she said is the fundament in the socio-economic development of the country.  “The GTTI skills day is an event that will serve as a platform where students from various departments and sections of the institute will exhibit their skills and knowledge through project presentation.”

She said the event also yearns to raise students’ awareness and for the general public to understand the importance of skills acquisition and polytechnic education. “It will also reduce the misconception of “no job in the country” and create self-employment for the youth,” she said.

Fabel Ensa Jarju, president of the Students Union said they felt that they couldn’t sit and expect the government to provide the entire needed job for them. “This is why we are organising this skills day. It never happened since the establishment of GTTI, so this will be a big achievement for us, as a Union.”

The vice president Momodou Jallow said transportation is their main challenge, arguing that government have provided transportation to many tertiary institutions, including the University of The Gambia and never considered GTTI.

Author: Sanna Jallow