Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday officially launched the government’s part-time jobs initiative in Region Two, following the announcement back in March.
While the Government initially promised to provide 800 jobs, this amount was increased to 2,000 after a total of 2,500 applications were received. The Vice President made this disclosure during the contract signing hosted at the Suddie Childcare Centre.
The job opportunities allow for the employees to work for 10 days and earn up to $40,000. The work is being offered in specific areas within government ministries including health, agriculture, education and local government.
The successful applicants signed their one-year contractual agreements on Tuesday and will begin working from June 1 to May, 2023.
“Here on the Essequibo Coast, it is very difficult to get job creation because most of the investors they prefer to go to Region Three and Four, they have a large population, closer proximity to market, they can export whatever they produce,” VP Jagdeo explained, while addressing the prospective government workers.
The employment drive caters for one person per household to be employed, with the long-term intention to hire as many persons as possible.
Jagdeo emphasised the need for them to adopt a welcoming attitude while serving the people during working hours. The administration is also looking to establish call centres that could see close to 1, 000 persons being employed.
“We expect you to work regardless of where you’re placed because people are placed in different facilities… It’s a community spirit we want to build also because many of you will be working for the government in ensuring that you see improvement in services in your community,” he pointed out.
Further, Dr. Jagdeo noted that there are also opportunities for the new employees to advance their studies in a number of areas, through the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL) programme.