Location Linden, Guyana
Start Date Dec 2018 - Feb 2019 (flexible)
Length of Placement 12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
This is a challenging and exciting position for someone who wants to play an important role supporting both Guyana and Guyanese workers to advance their health and safety knowledge and standards to become more competitive actors in industry and the global economy.
The Health & Safety Curriculum Program Advisor and Trainer will play an important role in the finalization, certification and implementation of a Health & Safety curriculum that is being developed for a pilot project. The curriculum will be implemented at vocational training institutions.
The first part of this placement will involve reviewing and finalizing the Health & Safety curriculum that was developed by a previous Cuso volunteer. The second part of this placement will involve implementing the curriculum. This involves training lecturers in curriculum delivery and working through the curriculum certification process with educational institutions. The volunteer will also conduct an assessment of the program partnership objectives; they will assess where the partnership began, where it currently stands and where it is going in order to validate and/or revise partnership objectives.
The successful Health & Safety Curriculum Program Advisor and Trainer will have a unique blend of skills and knowledge. They will have knowledge of industry and health and safety standards, curriculum and certification. They will have experience designing and delivering training. They will have the ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders. They will be diplomatic, patient and tactful which will support their succes dealing with changing and sometimes conflicting priorities, schedules, needs and interests and with challenges associated with bureaucratic structures.
In 2015, Cuso International, the Linden Technical Institute and Guyana Goldfields/Aurora Gold Mining (GG/AGM) signed an agreement that made it possible for Cuso International to provide a ground-breaking safety-training program. The program is a first of its kind in Guyana and will meet the Caribbean Vocational Training Standards.
The collaborative program is coined “Re-invigorating Training Opportunities and Occupational Learning (ReTOOL). The first installment of the program is designed to develop and engage technical professionals by equipping them with the tools and knowledge required to be competitive in the global market.
The benefits from this collaboration are multi-fold. Cuso International sees this agreement as a significant collaborative effort between private industry, an international humanitarian agency and a local government institute – a way for all three partners to work together to provide young people with the training they need to access more employment opportunities. The local community where the Linden Technical Institute is located will derive benefits from being home to a world class institute. Guyana will reap the benefits of an improved mining industry – an industry that can be the source of economic development for the country. The mining industry will benefit from having access to a skilled, local labour pool.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Review the Health & Safety Training Curriculum
- Train lecturers in the delivery of the Health & Safety curriculum
- Work with the Ministry of Education and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education Training to certify the curriculum
- Develop partnerships with relevant stakeholders that are essential to the successful implementation of the Health & Safety curriculum
- Consult with management, Linden Technical Institute staff and other stakeholders to carry out an organizational assessment
Essential Academic Qualifications:
- Canadian Health and Safety certification or its equivalent
Essential Professional Background:
- Instructing or classroom experience
- Experience working within challenging bureaucratic structures
- Experience designing training workshops
- Experience in curriculum development
- Experience in building and maintaining partnerships and relationships with diverse stakeholders
- Experience conducting assessments of projects/programs and developing recommendations based on assessment findings
Linden Technical Institute
The institution that is now referred to as the Linden Technical Institute, first opened its doors in 1958 to respond to the needs of the mining industry. The institution provided training to apprentices of the Demerara Bauxite Company. In 1996, Guyana’s Ministry of Education took over control of the institution. Since that time, 4,493 learners have walked through its doors.
Learners receive 2 years of training of classroom training and gain critical workplace experience during the summer.
To learn more about the Linden Technical Institute and about the unique partnership between Cuso, the Institute and Guyana Goldfields/Aurora Gold Mining, please visit the following sites:
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.