Essequibians have been encouraged to take full advantage of the Essequibo Technical Institute with the aim of arming themselves with technical skills to fill the demands that will be available in Guyana with the introduction of the oil and gas sector.This was the encouragement offered as 144 students participated in the 16th graduation exercise of the ETI, which was held late last week at the institution.Acting Principal Rawl Pearce has said that with the introduction of the oil and gas sector, ETI is now offering engineering and mining courses so as to prepare Guyanese to meet the demands of the new sector. He said the institution currencyA section of the students who graduated from ETI last weekhas six students who are undergoing technical training under the sponsorship of the Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) and MACORP. After completing the programme, the six will be employed with GPL at the New Power Plant in Anna Regina. MACORP is also offering full one-year scholarships to hinterland students who wants to attend the institution.In his feature address, Ajay Singh shared his success story of being among the first batch of students at the institution. He is now an engineer by profession. He encouraged the graduating class to continue to work hard to make their dreams become reality.Meanwhile, Colwyn King, who gave the charge, said technical education is key for development, and no country can develop without technical skills. He encouraged students to put their training into good use.Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt reflected on the three persons who were very instrumental in bringing technical education to Essequibo Coast. He made mention of former Education Minister the late Dr Dale Bisnauth, former Regional Chairman the late Ally Baksh, and former Vice Chairman the late Heeralall Mohan.