TGSB trains youth on quality management

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Gambia Standard Bureau (TGSB), in collaboration with the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), on Friday concluded a 6-day Training of Trainers course on Quality Management, at the Khamsys Centre, in Bijilo.

The training brought the youth together to build their capacities and skills, in order to enhance employ ability.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Director General of the Gambia Standard Bureau, Papa Secka, recalled that last month, the bureau had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Trade Centre to conduct a series of activities, aimed at enhancing the skills of the youth for employment.

The MoU, he said, was within the framework of the National Youth Empowerment project, adding that its duration was from September to December 2017.

The focus was on quality issues and matters related to the national quality infrastructure, which is tailored to specific needs of the youth and targeted value chains and sectors.

He disclosed that the training of trainers on quality management was the first of activities to be executed to enhance capacities and skills for enhanced employ ability.

Mr Secka urged the participants to share the skills learnt from the forum with others.

Also speaking, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Employment and Regional Integration, Naffie Barry, stressed that capacity-building activity directly addresses two key objectives of the Youth Empowerment project.

These, she added, are to provide skills building training and to support programmes for young entrepreneurs, in order to improve their competitiveness and performance; and to raise awareness about skills training and development for the youth.

The Trade PS alluded that the training had come at an opportune moment, when many activities are being rolled out as part of the YEP.

For her part, the project coordinator of Youth Empowerment project, Madam Fatou Mbenga Jallow, said the objective of the partnership between the International Trade Centre and Standard Bureau was to promote quality as a catalyst for growth and employment.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh