On skills needed for ‘green’ economy, petroleum Guyana said to be on the cusp of transformation into a petroleum state and a ‘green’ economy, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has sought to engage stakeholders on the skills which are necessary during the transition.

Key stakeholders were sensitised on the required skills during a “skills anticipation” three-day workshop, which was funded by the ILO and coordinated by the Council for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in collaboration with the Board of the Industrial Training (BIT). The training will provide insight into the transformation which confronts the country, and outline what is required to meet the needs during the transition. “You will be able to understand the changing workplace and its demands, and the way the future of work will be perceived,” said TVET Director Floyd Scott in his remarks during the opening ceremony of the workshop at the Cara Lodge on Monday. He said the workshop will strengthen TVET’s capacity to use different methodologies to collect and analyse quantitative and qualitative data to forecast the skills which are required. Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection Keith Scott, in his brief remarks, said participants must see themselves as game-changers, and make their technical contributions to curriculum design in skills training. Senior Specialist for Skills and Employability at the ILO’s Caribbean Office, Hassan Bata Ndahi said at the conclusion of the workshop that stakeholders will have an idea what skills are required for a ‘green’ economy, learn about the different approaches to skills anticipation, and understand data analysis. The topics which will be covered will be in line with the government’s Green State Development Strategy (GSDS), Ndahi said. The ILO’s work will, however, not stop there, since the organisation intends on working closely with the government to implement the GSDS. The ILO is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally-recognised human and labour rights, pursuing its founding mission that social justice is essential to universal and lasting peace. As the only tripartite UN agency, the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers representatives of 187 member states to set labour standards, develop policies, and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men. According to the ILO’s website, in support of its goals, the organisation offers unmatched expertise and knowledge about the world of work acquired over almost 100 years of responding to the needs of people everywhere for decent work, livelihoods and dignity.