On-the-Job Training in Trinidad And Tobago
The OJT on-the-job training program in Trinidad has undergone a lot of changes in the last few years, and still continues and will continue to change.
In case you’re wondering, on-the-job training programs are a hands-on method of teaching and learning the skills needed for employees to efficiently perform a specific job in the workplace.
I don’ t think we understand how important and beneficial training programs are to the development of our country, given the state of our country. Everything now requires experience, from babysitting, office work, to construction. You’re more qualified for a job based on your experience, a lot which is given to you at very little cost if any cost at all.
So why not take full advantage of these resources?
Trinidadians are handy people, most of us are good with our hands. Myself, for instance, growing up I’ve always liked doing hair, I was also pretty good at it, so I did OJT to further advance my already existing skill, now I’m Certified to work in a salon or start my own business.
Being good at something doesn’t necessarily make you qualified, experience does. And what better way to gain that experience than OJT?
Why Is OJT Necessary For Our Country
Having a background in OJT is very important when applying for a job. A skilled society helps in the economical use of material and machinery and improves the morale of employees to efficiently perform the job/task. A lack of productivity has occurred over the last few years, our economy could use improvement. In response, skills are the key policy solution.
How Does OJT Benefit You
On-the-job training isn’t only beneficial for trainees, but for employers as well. For employees, being trained on the job can be a valuable asset for the company because they’re likely to cover more areas than just the task in their job description.
For employers, on-the-job training is beneficial because it tapers down and prepares the skilled employees who are may be right for the company, benefiting from a more productive workforce.
There are many training Institutions in Trinidad & Tobago that provides young persons the knowledge and training for future employment.
There’s the OJT program, then there are other forms of training programs.
These Programs Include:
- CCC (Conservation Civilian Corps)
- YTEPP-Youth Training And Employment Partnership Program
- MIC- Institute Of Technology
About Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC )
The Civilian Conservation Corps program originated in the United States Of America (USA) and continued during the post-depression years of 1933-1942. The CCC was constructed to implement a nationwide environmental conservation program by supplying unskilled manual labor jobs to unmarried, unemployed young male volunteers ages 18 to 25.
On November 20th, the year 1992, the Civilian Conservation Corps was introduced to the Cabinet and people of Trinidad and Tobago by the Honourable Wendell Mottley, Minister of Finance. The first cycle of the program began on June 14, 1993, with 743 trainees in 4 regions.
On February 4th, 1993, there was an agreement by the Cabinet to establish the CCC program and so the Trinidad &Tobago CCC was officially formed.
After The Trinidad & Tobago Civilian Conservation Corps successfully completed their first cycle in 1993 & firmly attained momentum subsequent years. Despite its success, sadly the program was discontinued in 1999.
On March 14th, the Civilian Conservation Corps program was replenished by the Cabinet. It was decided that it would once again be supervised by the Minister of National Security’s Trinidad & Tobago Defense Force.
The vision CCC program is to transform marginalized young adults into empowering citizens and to improve their quality of life, to work on themselves and be better prepared for the working world.
CCC does not discriminate against gender or race.
There are over 25 programs offered by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
These programs include:
- Child Care
- Computer Repairs
- Computer Training
- Culinary Arts
- (Basic) Food Preparation
- Geriatric Nursing
- Adobe Graphic Design
- Microsoft Office Specialist
- Public Relations
- Secretarial Skills
- Wood Work
- Auto Electrical
- Building Maintenance
- Welding, Fabrication, and Pipework
Requirements For This Program
- Must be ages 16-25
- Birth Certificate
- Bank Account
- 2 Passport Size Photos
- ID Card or Drivers License
- National Insurance Card (NIS) if you don’t have a card, you’ll usually be able to apply for one while in the program.
- Address: Port of Spain
- Phone: 1868-625-4222
- Website: https://ccc.sysptt.org/
About Youth Training And Employment Partnership Program (YTEPP)
The Youth Training and Employment Partnership Program was introduced as a national resolution for the growing problem of unemployed and unemployable youths. This program was first created as a temporary program in order to provide vocational skills training to youths between the ages of 16 and 25.
The training covered these five areas; Attitude Development, Basic Education, Vocational Skills Training, Work Experience & Post Training Support. As a reward for their huge success of training, a long term arrangement was made that immortalize the YTEPP
The YTEPP better prepares citizens to meet the demands of the economy that continues to change through the delivery of innovative, practical, flexible, market-driven professional development & entrepreneurship programs.
YTEPP provides over eighty vocational training courses in twelve occupational areas, & training is conducted in six-month cycles.
Programs Provided By YTEPP
- Agro- Processing
- Lawn Landscape Management
- Graphic Design
- Multi-Media Animation
- Data Operation
- Fluid Power Equipment maintenance
View all Programs: http://www.ytepp.edu.tt/courses/
- Age Requirement: 16-35
- Birth Certificate
- Bank account
- ID Card or Drivers License
- YTEPP Ltd. Head Office
- Woodford Lodge Road, Chaguanas
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Customer Service: (868) 672-YTEP (9837) ext. 2353
- Phone: (868) 672-5411
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.ytepp.edu.tt
MIC- Institute Of Technology
MIC-IT was established in the year 1974 and is the only tool and die-making workshop in the country to support the manufacturing sector with the design and production of tools, dies & molds.
The MIC Institute of Technology (MIC-IT), offers Technical & Vocational Training, Industry Services, and Construction Services. In 2014, MIC-IT became the first Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institution in the country to become accredited by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).
As a premier training institution, MIC-IT offers a range of programs including:
- Helping You Prepare for Employment (HYPE)
- Multi-Sector Skills Training (MuST)
- Industrial Craft Programme (ICP)
- Mechatronics and Renewable Energy programs
- National Skills Development Programme (NSDP)
- Technical Vocational Instructor & Teacher Training (TVITT)
Entry Requirements To Program:
- Utility Bill
- Age between 16-25 years
- Bank Account Information
- National/resident of Trinidad and Tobago
- Two (2) passport sized photographs
- Bank Account Information
- A copy of your National Birth Certificate and Photo ID
Contact Info – Head Office
- 5A Century Drive, Trincity Business Park, Macoya
- Phone:+1 (868) 663-4MIC (4642)
- Fax: 663-6055
E-mail Addresses to various departments: email@example.com
- General email
- Construction and Facilities Services
- Training Services
- Industry Services
- Marketing Department
OJT Supports and Enhances the Economy In Trinidad and Tobago
Having a skilled workforce will improve the economy of any nation. OJT supports manufacturing jobs, enabling Trinidad and Tobago to import less and export more. I believe that if Trinidad and Tobago focus’s more resources on improving our current OJT programs, the countries GDP will increase.
Thereby; improving the economic state of our beautiful twin islands. Incentivizing Millenials and Generation Z to take part in OJT programs will aid in this process.