The Linden Technical Institute and Farm Supplies Limited (Farmsup) last Friday officially launched the Heavy Duty Operator Training room at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI). Operations Manager for Farmsup Schelte Van Dijk said that the training room will facilitate the training of participants in safety, environment, equipment maintenance and operations.
He added that they would also be trained in operating excavators, articulated dump trucks reloaders and bulldozers Van Dijk said.
“This project is to support the request that we are getting for trained operators for mining, construction and agriculture, which are the main industries right now in Guyana.
This is the first of its kind, there no other institutes in Guyana offering equipment operator training other than private entities,” he added.
He pointed out that the training programme is partially sponsored by the Government of Guyana, Farmsup and the Linden Technical Institute.
The training courses are expected to run for eight weeks, and although it will be integrated into the current LTI curriculum, additional classes will be implemented to accommodate persons not attending the institution.
Ten students are expected to graduate every eight weeks from the programme. Approximately G$7million has been expended on the project so far Van Dijk explained.
Deckland Belle, a senior lecturer at LTI, and Kebron Singh have been earmarked to train participants in the equipment operator training programme.
Belle said that persons 18 years and older are eligible for the programme.
Another Senior Lecturer, Dinelle Boyce, who has the responsibility for the mechanical Department of LTI said that the programme aims to train persons in heavy equipment operating.
“This programme is being sponsored by LTI in collaboration with Farmsup and Troy Resources mining company. And our aim is to train persons in heavy equipment operating- not only persons from within this community but from across Guyana as a whole,” said Boyce.
He added that “We have a brand new facility here which was done by Farmsup- that is the internal works, and they have also put in some simulators to facilitate the simulator aspect of the training.”
The simulator training will precede the actual live training, where the trainees will be engaged on the machines.
Among those addressing the gathering at the launch of the training programme were: Chairman of the Board of Governors of LTI, Mr. Gordon Gumbs; Principal of the Institution, Mr. Dennis Jaikaran, as well as senior lecturers and trainers.
Both Gumbs and Jaikaran applauded the project and thanked all those involved in its launching.