A total of 174 students received their certificates from the Critchlow Labour College (CLC) as the institution hosted its 40th graduation and prize giving ceremony on Tuesday evening.
Scores of relatives, family, friends and well-wishers gathered at CLC’s auditorium as the students made their way to the stage to uplift their certificates in Industrial and Social Training, Effective Speaking and Writing, Management and Organisational development, Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations, Occupation Safety and Health, Social work; Care for the elderly and childcare.
Other certificates that were handed out included Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health, Advance Diploma in Public Management and Advance Diploma in Human Resources Management.
Present at the ceremony was Minister within the Ministry of Education, Nicolette Henry, who in her opening address congratulated the graduates on their achievements and applauded the CLC for its efforts in creating an avenue of quality education for workers all in assuring that skills be enhanced.
Having good qualification is not enough, Henry cautioned, but in addition, soft skills and expertise must also be required to perform excellently on the job. She added that the education system has many more “pathways and many more bridges significantly more than what was available a generation or two ago.”
She urged that students make use of the diversity of pathways.
Henry stated that the government is investing more in schools particularly post-secondary education, all in an effort to help Guyanese on the long journey of learning.
According to Principal of CLC, Ivor English, the institution has been in existence for nearly five decades, since it was chartered on October 12, 1967. Its mandate is to provide an opportunity for workers as well as trade union leaders to improve their skills thereby, enabling them to respond more positively in their respective fields of work and other engagements.
The former administration, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the CLC, had been on a back and forth as it relates to the institution providing its expenditure reports. Its subvention was eventually pulled by the PPP/C resulting in the CLC closing its doors back in 2007.
However, the institution was reopened in 2010 by forming synergies with other organisations. It was at the 11th Parliament when the newly elected President David Granger revealed that the subvention would be reinstated.
English stated that since its reopening, there has been significant growth in population and if the institution wishes to be restored its ‘former glory’ as one of the leading and popular labour colleges regionally, a lot needs to be done.
There is the restoration of the infrastructure. The Information Technology lab needs to be outfitted with appropriate technology so as to enhance the delivery of education “in the contemporary scheme of things”.
English told the gathering that it seems as if a new day has dawned hinting at the government’s commitment to reinstate the subvention. The CLC had received $5M this year.
“We therefore look forward to the full restoration of the subvention in the 2016 budget since CLC continues to make an invaluable contribution to education and national development,” he said.