Retraining Programme

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Unemployed persons can obtain training to increase their opportunities for employment or self-employment through the Retraining Programme.  Programme 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 enables them to pursue further education and training.  Please see the Quick Links section to the left for more information about the TTNVQ Framework.

The Retraining Programme is made available through the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (TEST).

Can I apply?

In order to apply, you must be:

  • A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Between the ages of 30 and 45.
  • Unemployed.

How do I apply?

You must obtain and complete the Retraining Programme application form.  Application forms can be picked up from the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (TEST) office, which is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays. Alternatively, application forms can be obtained and submitted at any of ttconnect's six (6) Service Centres, which are open Monday through Saturday. Please see contact information for ttconnect Service Centres below.

The Retraining Programme
Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme
11 St. Clair Avenue
St. Clair
Tel: 622-2229, 625-1005
Email: retraining@gov.tt
Website: http://www.ytepp.gov.tt/content/view/38/88/

Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (TEST)
The International Waterfront Centre
Levels 16-18, Tower C
#1a Wrightson Road, Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 625-1380, 625-4017, 624-5985

Fax. (868) 627-5437
E-mail: stte@gov.tt

ttconnect Service Centres

Tel.  (868) 800-TTCN (8826)

Bring your completed application form to the ground floor of the TEST office and place it in the Retraining Programme Application Forms collection box, located opposite the security desk.

What happens after I apply?

Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the Retraining Programme entry requirements.  Your application will also be screened to identify your current skill set and to determine what training you need to be eligible for available jobs.  If you are accepted into the Programme, a member of TEST's staff will contact you by phone and in writing within two weeks of receipt of your application.  You will then be placed in training for a period of 12 weeks.  Training is conducted five hours per day, Monday through Friday, and you will be paid a daily stipend of TT$45.00.

What typically takes place during training?

In this Programme, 80% of the training is hands-on and competence-based.  Twenty percent is theoretical work.  Vocational training is complemented by the following: 

  • Life skills seminars - designed to provide trainees with employability skills needed to enter and remain in the work world.
  • Literacy training - designed to provide assistance to those requiring language and literacy support. This training is provided in conjunction with the Adult Literacy Tutors Association (ALTA) and the Tobago Literary Unit (TLU).

What happens after training has been completed?

As a graduate of the Retraining Programme, you may elect to become an intern or to be mentored. 

  • An internship places you with a private or public sector employer, and can give you an opportunity to further develop and refine your newly acquired skills in a work environment.
  • A mentorship places you with a business owner and can help you develop the skills to start your own business. 

You will also be informed of available jobs or placement opportunities.

Are there any associated fees?

There is no application fee and training is provided free of charge.

Where can I find more information?

For more information, please visit the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (TEST) website using the link below.  You may also contact the Retraining Programme Office or TEST offices, which are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays.

Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (TEST)
The International Waterfront Centre
Levels 16-18, Tower C
#1a Wrightson Road, Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 625-1380, 625-4017, 624-5985
Fax. (868) 627-5437
E-mail. stte@gov.tt

The Retraining Programme
Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme
11 St. Clair Avenue
St. Clair
Tel: 622-2229, 625-1005
Email: retraining@gov.tt

Website: http://www.ytepp.gov.tt/content/view/38/88/

Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (TEST) website




 
 
 

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