TVET IN Trinidad AND Tobago

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Ministry of Science Technology & Tertiary Education

There are a number of different agencies that offer Technical Vocational Educational Training (TVET) in our country, They Are: MIC, NSDP, NESC, YTEPP, HYPE, SERVOL, TTHTI and CCC just to name a few.

National Training Agency (NTA)

The National Training Agency (NTA) is an umbrella agency for effecting reform in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Trinidad and Tobago. The organization’s role is to co-ordinate and regulate technical and vocational education and training, promoting and facilitating a coherent system of quality TVET. Its mission is to facilitate and promote the development of a competent workforce through lifelong learning, labour market research, National Occupational Standards and quality assurance of the TVET system. National Training Agency (NTA)-http://www.ntatt.org/

Metal Industries Company Limited

Metal Industries Company Limited (MIC) was established in 1974 as a joint venture of the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, United Nations Development Programme/United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNDP/UNIDO) and a number of private local industries.MIC was established with to objectives of developing local capability in the making of tools, dies and moulds, precision machining and manufacturing engineering Metal Industries Company (MIC) Limited
The MIC aims to be the key institutional driver in developing national technological capability for increasing quality, range and throughput of manufactured products and technical services for industry in Trinidad and Tobago and internationally. Metal Industries Company (MIC) Limited- www.mic.co.tt

National Social Development Programme (NSDP)

The National Social Development Programme (NSDP) is designed to meet the needs of low-income communities throughout the country by providing and improving the supply of water and electricity to communities, residences, recreational, sporting and other facilities.  The programme also supplies house wiring services to people who are unable to afford the cost of wiring their own homes.


Father Gerry Pantin is chairman of SERVOL (Service Volunteered for All) and Sister Ruth Montrichard is executive director. Based in Trinidad and Tobago, but working in many Caribbean nations, SERVOL is “an integrated human development programme designed to alleviate poverty through the empowerment of children, adults, and communities who live in disadvantaged situations”. With Village Boards of Education, SERVOL works on and trains for a Parent Outreach Program, an Early Childhood Care and Education Program, a Junior Life Center Program, a Special School, an Adolescent Development Program, Skill Training Centers, and a Life Center Program. In 1994, SERVOL was awarded the Right Livelihood Award / Alternative Nobel Prize.

1988 Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP)

The YTEPP concept was launched as a pilot project. Against a backdrop of great youth unemployment, the University of the West Indies Extra Mural Studies Unit projected a vocational/job oriented programme that would run for six (6) weeks at nine (9) centers across Trinidad. The result, 2,650 persons between the ages of 18-25 years benefiting from YTEPP’s training. The training covered six areas: Attitudinal Development, Basic Education, Vocational Skills Training, Work Experience and Post Training Support. YTEPP’s Head Office was located at the Salvatori Building and it was strictly work since most of the employees came from various ministries. Mr. Winston Williams was the Chief Executive Officer at that time.


Helping Youth Prepare for Employment (Trinidad & Tobago)

Helping Youth Prepare for Employment (HYPE)
The HYPE Programme, which is managed by the Metal Industries Company Limited, commenced in 2002 with the mission to assist young low-income individuals who are not job-ready to acquire the skills, knowledge and courage to become self-supporting.The Programme is open to nationals of Trinidad and Tobago between the ages of 17 and 25.

The National Energy Skills Center (NESC)

The National Energy Skills Center (NESC) was incorporated on July 15 1997 with the purpose of promoting the advancement of the education of members of the public in skills technology needed for the development of the industrial sector in Trinidad and Tobago . The NESC represented at that time a partnership between industry and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and was more specifically born out of the obligations of the Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad and Tobago and the government arising out of the LNG Project Agreement of June 20, 1996. Atlantic LNG remains to date, the greatest benefactor to the NESC from the private sector. In addition to the Atlantic LNG, other organization provided funding, direction and support to the NESC.

The initial purpose of the NESC was to supply construction skills for the rapidly expanding construction industry. Over time, NESC expanded its facilities and locations as well as its programmes .

NESC’s now offers a number of full time and part time skills training programmes including:

•Welding (Carbon Steel and Advanced)


•Industrial Maintenance

•Instrument Fitting

•Construction Electrical Installation

•Building Construction Technology

In order to effectively achieve its objectives, the NESC formed alliances with strategic international partners as well who provided assistance in curriculum development and programme certification.   One such partner is the SAIT located in Calgary , Alberta and one of Canada ‘s most premier technical institutes.

Apart from the skills related directly to the energy and industrial sector, the NESC conducts a very successful computer literacy programme throughout Trinidad and Tobago .

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

To equip young adults between the ages of 15 to 25  with basic craft and envirnoment skills through the training exposure of discipline to ensure that they become producitive and patriotic citizens.

The programme was reintroduced in the first quarter of 2002.

Motto: Getting Youths Ready For Life

Objective: To train and develop targeted young adults to make them better able to seek employment by raising their self-esteem and thereby combating socially undesirable bahaviours among them.

The Civilian Conservation Corps Programme is a key vehicle for the provision of skills training to thousands of at risk youth across the country. In 2005, 1,843 young adults benefited from this programme. Out of this, 75 were males and 1,092 were females.

The programme, which is under the aegis of the Ministry of National Security, provides educational and vocational training to young persons between the ages 18 to 25, who are not academically inclined and who are unemployed or unemployable. The programme serves as an intervention mechanism to assist in the empowerment of socially marginalized young adults. This objective is achieved through the promotion of attitdinal and behavioural changes stimulated since through the catalyst of discipline and a structured environment. The programme is offered at centers in Chaguanas, La Brea, Port-of-Spain, Mausica, Rio Claro, Sangre Grande Tobago and Vistabella.

Trainees in this programme are given exposure to job training. Formal training is provided by the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI) and Metal Industries Company (MIC). Informal training is provided by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force and Government Ministries as well as private companies. In the 2006 fiscal year the Civilian Conservation Corps will target 3,200 persons.


In an early manifestation as a military hospital, the Institute boasted 200 beds. It was decommissioned in 1967 when- upon their departure – the Americans handed the entire base, hospital and all, to the independent government of  Trinidad and Tobago.

The Beginnings of a School

For four years, the former base slumbered until 1971 when Government modified the facility in preparation for its new identity as a hotel school. The school was formally established by an Act of Parliament on May 31st, 1972 and operated under a joint venture arrangement with the Canadian Government through association with Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. By 1975, this association had come to an end and the Government assumed total responsibility, under the umbrella of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for the Trinidad and Tobago Hotel School .

A Restructured Institute

With the subsequent disbanding of the IDC, the school was placed under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, and a Board of Directors was appointed to govern its daily operations. This structural change inspired a name change and the school became known as the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality Training Institute. In 1996′s, the name underwent another change, becoming the Hospitality and Tourism Institute a name that more fully reflected the scope of the Institute’s products and services and its place within the hospitality and tourism industry.

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