By Aja Musu Bah-Daffeh
Insight Training Centre (ITC) on Tuesday 5th October, 2021 launched a new project dubbed “earn while you learn”.
The launching ceremony took place at their main office in Sinchu Alagie.
The initiative is aimed at addressing youth unemployment to strengthen the skill-based projects in the country.
Speaking at the launching, Mr. Ismaila Ceesay, the Principal of Insight Training Centre, said the skills training is a competency based training that would is a mixture of theory, practical and coaching.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ITC, Dr. Ismaila Sisay, said a lot of young people would love to go to school, but many of them do not have the wherewithal to pay for tuition fees and other fees associated with going to school.
The project seeks to target those young people, he said.
“Today what we are launching is a new apprenticeship program which is ‘earn while you learn’ for those who cannot afford tuition fees, transportation and other associated costs. We will take you on board and train you, and will give you everything that you need without paying a dime. We would train you and employ you,” Mr. Sisay said.
He said for anyone who wants to learn and cannot afford tuition fees, their center is a place to receive such training. This, he said, is a pilot project that would train seventy (70) students in the construction sector and after the training, they would be absorbed in the construction industry. According to the CEO, this would make them independent.
“There is dignity in labor, dignity in skills and we want to bring in everyone who aspires to get skills, be independent and get gainful employment,” he said.
Meanwhile, Insight Training Centre was established in the Gambia since 1999 as a tertiary institution and the institution has trained seven thousand, five hundred (7,500) students who have graduated from the school in different fields of studies namely; Information Technology, Sales and Marketing, Business Management, Human Resources, Construction, Architectural Draftsmanship, Banking and Finance, Journalism, plumbing, tailoring, Catering among others.
The 9 months project would target young and vulnerable people in Kuntair, Mile-II Central Prison and Janjanbureh.