Guyana Shore Base Inc. (GYSBI), the leading onshore support facility for the oil and gas industry in Guyana, is launching a new Technical Scholarship to boost education for young Guyanese individuals aged 16 to 25.
This initiative will provide support for the students to study at various Technical Institutes across the country, such as the Essequibo Technical Institute, Government Technical Institute, Linden Technical Institute, Mahaicony Technical Institute, New Amsterdam Technical Institute, and the Upper Corentyne Technical Institute. The scholarships, covering the academic year 2023/2024, will take care of various expenses including travel, uniforms, study materials, registration, and examination fees.
More than just an academic scholarship, the programme incorporates a hands-on training component. During their semester breaks, the successful applicants will take part in internships at GYSBI. Upon completion of their studies, these scholars will have the chance to secure full-time employment within the company.
Robert Albiez, General Manager of GYSBI, stated “This initiative is simply our investment in the young people of Guyana so that they can benefit from the bountiful opportunities existing in this country. It is our intention to offer approximately 10 scholarships per year in any area of study selected by the successful applicants at the identified Technical Institutes and we are looking forward to having our first cohort come September 2023,” he said.
GYSBI said the initiative sprang from the observation that while many individuals possess the necessary technical skills and experience for roles in the Operations side of the oil and gas industry, they often lack the requisite formal education certificates.
Eligibility for the scholarship program extends to anyone aged between 16 and 25 who has been accepted into a programme at any of the associated institutes. Both new and current students are welcome to apply, provided they are willing to complete an internship at GYSBI during their semester breaks. Each recipient of the scholarship will have their yearly academic expenses, up to a total of GYD$500,000, fully covered by the initiative.