Government Vocational Centres

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The Government Vocational Centre provides Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in various vocational disciplines aimed at addressing the deficiency in available human resources, particularly in the south-western peninsula of Trinidad.  Training usually begins in September of each academic year, lasts for two years, and is open to eligible persons who are interested in acquiring Level II (craft) certification.  All trainees are certified to National Occupational Standards through the Trinidad and Tobago Vocational Qualifications (TTNVQ) Framework, the new national accreditation system for vocational education, which allows them to pursue further education and training.  Please see the Quick Links section for more information about the TTNVQ Framework.

Can I apply?

Both Trinidad and Tobago citizens and non-nationals can apply to the Government Vocational Centre.  The specific entry requirements will be determined by the programme to which you are applying.  However you must have a minimum of three CXC Ordinary (O) levels or any equivalent qualifications and experience that the Centre may deem appropriate.  Some programmes require you to have five CXC O levels, including Math and English.

How do I apply?

You must pick up an application form, which become available in May of each year, from the Government Vocational Centre.  Submit your completed form along with the following items to the Centre.

  • Two copies of your CXC results.
  • Two recommendations from the most recent institute attended.
  • Proof of identification in the form of a valid Trinidad and Tobago National Identification Card and your Birth Certificate.

The Centre will administer an entrance examination that you are required to sit when you submit your application.

The Government Vocational Centre
Volunteer Road
Mahaica, Point Fortin
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel./Fax. (868) 648-3306
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm, except public holidays.

What happens after I apply?

Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet your programme's entry requirements.  If you are accepted, a member of the Centre's staff will contact you for an orientation/interview

What typically takes place during training?

At the end of your 2-year training period, your certificate of completion will be sent to the Ministry of Education for processing through the National Examinations Council.  This usually takes two to three months.  If you request On-the-Job training, the Centre will make arrangements for you with industry members

Are there any associated fees?

There is a non-refundable processing fee of TT$25.00 that must be paid at the time of application. If you are accepted into your programme, you must also pay the following fees:

  • Lab Fee of TT$100.00.
  • Caution Fee of TT$200.00.
  • Guild Fee of TT$30.00.

Payment can be made in the form of cash or cheque.  Students do not receive a stipend.

Where can I find more information?

For more information, please contact the Government Vocational Centre using the information listed above.  You may also contact the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training.

Ministry of Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training
Corner of Agra and Patna Streets
St. James
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 622-9922 ext. 111, 112, 266, 406
Fax. (868) 622-7460
Opening hours:  8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training website

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