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Employment Opportunities -- Termination
Specialists in OSP Fibre Optic Cabling
Gencon Limited (the Company) is a thirty year old organisation with a long history in the construction and
maintenance of overhead electricity distribution networks, and more recently the construction of outside plant (OSP)
fibre optic networks in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Company is seeking to recruit qualified and experienced OSP Fibre Optic Termination Specialists to lead and train
dedicated teams of Trinidad and Tobago nationals to become skilled in fibre optic termination, testing and rectification
for the company's operations in Trinidad and Tobago, and growth into the wider Caribbean.
OSP fibre optic termination specialists are highly skilled professionally who perform field fibre optic end
termination activities [i.e. preparation of cable terminal devices (FDT, FAT, SC), cable splicing, reflectance testing,
troubleshooting, rectification, documentation and reporting of test results in accordance with client protocol] in
order to deliver sound and commercially reliable individual feeds to customers of local and international fibre
optic cabling clients operating in the communications industry (telephone, television, internet, etc) in Trinidad and
Tobago and the Caribbean region.
Typically fibre optic cables are installed on TTEC electricity poles in Trinidad and Tobago. The successful candidates
must be trained and experienced in ladder access to fibre and terminal devices on and off electricity poles.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To transfer best practices and train teams of national trainees to internationally acceptable technical standards in
the discipline of OSP fibre optic termination activities
2. To lead and manage fibre optic project teams in the field to deliver efficient and timely execution of OSP
fibre optic termination activities i.e. zero rework
3. To train the local teams in surveying the fibre optic network and constructing the execution and reporting plans.
Work plans to include job site specific hazards and mitigation plans (referred to in the industry as Job Site Safety
Plan -- JSSP)
4. To contribute to the preparation and submission of bids to clients where OSP fibre optic termination and
distribution forms part of the scope of the engagement.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
1. Actual international experience and expertise in field construction of OSP fibre optic termination activities
including construction of FATS (Fibre Access Terminals), FDTS (Fibre Distribution Terminals) and SC (Splice
2. Supervisory experience of field operations to achieve quality and production rate of work teams consistent with
internationally acceptable standards for specialists of this kind
3. Certification from an internationally recognised institution in the field of fibre optics technology, for example the
Fibre Optic Association Inc. (FOA), or a partnering institution of the FOA, with specific reference to OSP fibre optics
splicing and testing
4. A minimum of two (2) years experience in performing fibre optic termination for clients of international repute
5. Experience in training and developing subordinates in the art, science and techniques of rapid, high quality OSP
fibre optics cable field operations
6. Knowledge and experience of the Trinidad and Tobago work environment would be a key advantage.
Please submit your application accompanied by a resume preferably by email to:
OR by hand or post to: Gencon Limited, 18-20 Orchid Drive, Endeavour, Chaguanas 501101
Applicants are also required to submit a copy of the application to:
Chief Manpower Officer
Ministry of Labour & Small Enterprise Development
50-54 Duke Place, Duke Street, Port of Spain
The deadline for submission of applications is: DECEMBER 15th, 2015 .Suitable applicants will be contacted.
For more information visit our website: www.genconlimited.com
The Indian government recently banned surrogate
services for foreigners and ordered fertility clinics
to stop the practice of hiring Indian women to bear
children for them. It's said to be intended to protect
the women from exploitation, though some who
have worked as surrogates say the ban actually hurts
"Becoming a surrogate mother is our one chance
to build a house, or get a new roof. We earn more
from one surrogacy than from 10 years of working
as domestic help," said Tina Rajesh Chavan, speaking
over telephone from Anand, a major hub of fertility
clinics, in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
India was among the few countries in the world
that allowed surrogacy --- where a woman could be
hired to carry the child of a couple through a process
of in-vitro fertilization and embryo transfer.
India's home ministry has ordered Indian embassies
abroad not to grant visas to couples visiting the
country for surrogacy, or "reproductive tourism" as
the practice has come to be known.
Though laws governing surrogacy have yet to be
passed, the government outlined its position in an
affidavit placed before the Supreme Court on Oct.
28. It said India "does not support commercial sur-
rogacy and the scope of surrogacy is limited to Indian
married infertile couples only, and not to foreigners."
A previous order had already barred gay and unmarried
couples and single people from hiring surrogates.
A government official said the tightening of rules
concerning surrogacy was to protect poor women
from being exploited in the absence of legal safe-
Chavan, who served as a surrogate mother for two
foreign couples, said her earnings through the two
surrogate pregnancies ensured that her three children
were able to complete their high school educations.
"Were it not for the surrogacy money, I would have
had to pull them out of school," the 35-year-old said.
She currently works as a nanny helping parents look
after their newborn surrogate babies during the time
they are waiting to obtain visas for the infants.
"This ban does not help anyone. It has closed the
door for poor people like us to earn a little money,"
She said she made 500,000 rupees (US$7,700) for
each surrogacy. That's typical for Gujarat, where the
industry is most organized, but women in other states
may be paid as little as 150,000 rupees (US$2,300).
Some women's rights activists say India's burgeoning
surrogacy business should be regulated, not outlawed.
Banning it, they say, will only drive it underground.
"In the last decade, fertility clinics that carry out
surrogacy have come up everywhere --- in the major
metros as well as in small towns. And with it, there
is a growing tribe of agents --- men who procure poor
women to serve as surrogates," said Manasi Mishra,
a New Delhi-based researcher and author of two gov-
ernment-funded reports on surrogacy in India.
"These men are not going to give up their profes-
sional business. The whole practice will go under-
ground, and it will be very hard to check the exploita-
tion of the women hired as surrogates," Mishra said.
Since India legalized commercial surrogacy in 2001,
thousands of fertility clinics have mushroomed across
the country, making it a US$1 billion to US$2.3 billion
business annually. Although there are no official
figures available, a 2012 UN report said there were
around 3,000 fertility clinics in India.
The clinics have attracted couples from Britain, the
United States, Australia, South Africa and Japan. A
surrogate pregnancy costs around US$20,000 to
US$35,000 in India, compared to around US$150,000
in the United States, where surrogacy is permitted in
many but not all states. Other countries that allow
surrogacy include Russia, Georgia and Ukraine.
Thailand also had been a popular destination for
those wanting a baby through surrogacy, but after
recent scandals involving foreign clients, the country
passed a law in August banning commercial surrogacy.
In this November 5 photo, a couple from Britain hold
their baby, born on October 17 by a surrogate, in Anand,
India. The couple came to Akanksha Clinic, one of the
most organised clinics in the surrogacy business in
India, after being unable to bear a child for 15 years. The
low-cost technology, skilled doctors, scant bureaucratic
controls and a plentiful supply of surrogates have made
India a preferred destination for fertility tourism,
attracting couples from Britain, the United States,
Australia, South Africa and Japan. AP PHOTO
India bans 'rent-a-womb' trade for
foreigners---to mixed responses
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