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The Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training (MTEST) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health invite applications from
suitably qualified persons to pursue a two (2) year Full-time Nursing Assistant Training Programme from June 2015.
This Training Programme will be conducted at theThe Nursing Assistant Training Schools (North & South)
The Nursing Assistant Training Programme is designed to expose trainees to selected theory and practice. They are required to undertake both
practical and written Nursing Council examinations. In addition, they will also be required to undergo a one (1) year period of internship.
NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING PROGRAMME:
Graduates of the Nursing Assistant Training programme will be enrolled by the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago thereby indicating that
they can be employed by Primary, Secondary or Tertiary Health Care Agencies as Enrolled Nursing Assistants (ENAs). An ENA will be able to
carry out the function of assisting the Registered Nurse in the role of administering care to individuals of all ages, families, groups and
communities, sick or well.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:
1. HOW TO APPLY:
jobseekers page on http://careers.ghrs.gov.tt.
and submitted to:
Government Human Resource Services Company Limited
16 Mulchan Seuchan Road, Chaguanas, 501316
Deadline Date: NO LATER THAN 12:00 midnight on the 11th March, 2015 (NB: Only
applications received by the deadline date will be considered.)
2. COMPUTERISED ASSESSMENT:
ALL applicants who meet the criteria for entry will be required to sit a computerised
Assessment Test consisting of Mathematics, English, Listening skills and a Scenario based
Government Human Resource Services Ltd. (GHRS) -- further details will be provided by
GHRS upon successfully meeting the minimum requirements.
Applicants MUST submit on the day of the assessment:
c) Copies and originals of Academic GCE/CXC O'Level General Proficiency Certificates
d) A Police Certificate of Character not older than six months (receipts will not be
NB: Only successful applicants from this test will be invited to enter the Programmes
based on the Order of Merit Lists which is compiled from candidates' assessment
NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING PROGRAMME
CONDITIONS OF TRAINING:
1st Year -- TT$1000 monthly
2nd Year -- TT$1200 monthly
accommodation, fees for Nursing Council Examinations and transport.
Upon successful completion of the Training Programme, trainees will be
required to enter into a contractual agreement to serve the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago/Regional Health Authorities for a period of two (2)
All applicants must:
(c) Must possess Three (3) Ordinary Level subjects at G.C.E or C.X.C
(General Proficiency Level) Grades I, II and III (from June 1998
onward) inclusive of English Language and a Science subject
(d) Complete the online application form (including the provision of
two (2) references)
(e) Successfully complete a computerised assessment test.
N.B. Additional training in any health related area would be an asset.
3. AFTER THE ASSESSMENT TEST
for further processing to be undertaken.
Successful applicants will need to complete medicals on specified forms obtainable
at the Schools of Nursing. This information will go onto the students' files for ease of
reference in case of emergency.
MTEST/Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training
tus in 2013, which has allowed him to work
legally, obtain a NY driver s licence, and
"In November 2014, we were able to win
an expansion of Daca (age cap removed and
be in the US prior to January 2010) and a
new programme that would benefit undoc-
umented parents of US citizens (children)
or legal permanent resident children."
He said it was estimated that these new
programmes would benefit over four million
Singh has been able to build the leadership
of hundreds of young people in New York
City through the organisation he currently
works for---DRUM-South Asian Organising
Centre. He has been working at this organ-
isation for over a decade.
He was part of efforts to change both
local New York City policies and national
policies that will provide greater equity, jus-
tice and resources to marginalised commu-
nities and working class communities of
colour. He was also able to address the Unit-
ed Nations during the High-Level Dialogue
of Migration and Development Civil Society
Day in 2013, highlighting the need to end the crim-
inalisation of immigrants and shift from neo-liberal
led migration and development policies to a human
In search of a better life
Singh came with his family from Trinidad on a
visitors visa to the US at the age of 10. They overstayed
their visa and became out of status/undocumented.
His mother is originally from Woodland, south
Trinidad and his father, who passed away five years
ago, was from Esperanza Village, also in south
Trinidad. He explained that his parents only wanted
a better life and believed that the US would have
granted opportunities for this.
Singh said being undocumented in the US has
many obstacles and limitations but there are many
people that choose to organise and build community
power to change the laws and conditions that affect
"I decided to walk that path almost 12 years ago,
when I was 17 years old."
Singh realised he was undocumented when he was
graduating from high school at the age of 17.
"It was when I was applying to universities that
my advisers asked me about my status and I found
out that we were undocumented. I had graduated
top of my class but due to my status, I was unable
to obtain financial aid or scholarships to pay for uni-
versities that I wanted to go to. I ended up going to
public university (Hunter College of the City University
of NY). I received a bachelors degree in Psychology
and after graduating, I went back to get a second
degree in accounting since I did not have my status
and was unable to work legally."
After graduating from high school he became an
active organiser in the immigrant community in order
to help in getting greater access and resources for all
immigrantyouth and families. As a result of his efforts,
Singh finally met Obama this year. This, he said, was
due to a grassroots campaign which undocumented
people from all across the US worked on to push
Obama and others to provide relief for the millions
of undocumented people in the US.
"It is estimated that there are upwards of 11 million
undocumented immigrants in the US."
He assured that he will continue to organise for
immigrants rights, "to make sure the immigration
actions we won are implemented and all others will
be able to be protected."
For his long-term goals, Singh said he wanted to
be able to help people and support the development
of others, and be part of the movement to continue
to win greater rights and justice for all people.
"I would like people to understand that being
immigrants in another country and in particular
being undocumented may present many obstacles
in schools, work, and every-day life, but it s nothing
to be ashamed of.
"Change doesn t come about on its own. There
is power when people collectively work to change
their conditions and stand up and fight in the face
of adversity." He said understanding, bridging and
owning identities from race, class, gender, religion,
sexuality, and any other can create a more just and
Singh said he was thinking strongly in terms of
starting up his own human rights organisation in the
Trini helps fight for immigrants' rights in NY
DRUM-South Asian Organising Centre is a
community based non-profit organisation that builds
the leadership and power of the South Asian
diaspora of working class immigrant youth, families
and workers for economic and educational justice,
immigrant and civil rights. People who are directly
affected have the ability to transform their
conditions and the policies that affect their lives and
through political education and grassroots
campaigns to change local and national policies.
ABOUT DRUM-SOUTH ASIAN
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