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YTEPP teams up with Caribbean Dockyard
18 to begin ship repair training
A group of 18 trainees have
been selected to begin train-
ing in the art of ship building
and repair in a new programme
offered by the Youth Training
and Employment Partnership
The agency has teamed up
with Caribbean Dockyard and
Engineering Services Limited
(CDESL), of Chaguaramas for
the one-year programme.
Some of the trainees yesterday
expressed hope and gratitude for
the opportunity to do something
positive with their lives.
One of the trainees said, "This
is a chance for me to do something
more with my life, not just party
and lime like some of the people
I know and see everyday."
"For me too. Youths up by me
does hardly get these chances, so I
real grateful," another trainee said.
YTEPP's chief executive officer
Nigel Forgenie said he was confi-
dent the public/private sector col-
laboration would satisfy current
labour market demands.
He said the programme would
equip trainees with practical skills
and as well as real-life work ex-
Trainees between the ages of
18 and 25, would also be able to
acquaint themselves with new and
modern technology, and also help
them develop skills in areas such
as problem solving and conflict
management, he said.
He commended CDESL for its
offer to provide workplace train-
ing and acknowledging that tech-
nical vocational education has
Delivering the feature address
during the signing of the Memo-
randum of Understanding (MOU)
at CDESL, Chaguaramas yester-
day --- Education Minister Antho-
ny Garcia said a fresh awareness
was sweeping across T&T as to the
role Technical Vocational Educa-
tion Training (TVET) could play
in national development.
He said the TVET delivery
system was well placed to train
the skilled and entrepreneurial
workforce the country needs to
Garcia told those present that
education could alleviate poverty,
improve the quality of life and help
achieve sustainable development.
As a former YTEPP board mem-
ber whose main aim was and still
is to provide unemployed youth
with marketable skills, Garcia
said YTEPP had so far trained
over 180,000 citizens since its
inception in 1988.
On the issue of economic di-
versification, Garcia said the time
had come to stop talking and ac-
tually begin the transformation
Chief executive officer, CDE-
SL, retired Rear Admiral Richard
Kelshall said the initiative would
cost the company approximate-
ly $187,000, but would result in a
trained cadre of skilled workers. A home for
It was Christmas 2012.
Single mom, Cheryl Alexander,
lived with her four children in a small
house in Jacob's Hill, Wallerfield
blocked around with plywood and
Over the dirt floor, she had spread
a piece of vinyl.
She bought puzzles and other toys for
the children and thought they would sit
on the floor and play with them. But the
rains came and flooded out their little
home and ruined their Christmas.
Alexander was so sad for her children
she vowed to get up and do something
about their living conditions.
With the help of Government agencies
she was able to build a concrete founda-
tion for a new house on the same plot of
But it was as far as she got as further
pleas for help were turned down. She
and her family continued to live in the
plyboard home for the next four years.
The dreams of her their new home
remained with only its foundation for
three years until Habitat for Humanity,
in partnership with Republic Bank Ltd,
stepped in last year.
Within a year, Alexander was able to
complete her entire house and she and her
children hope to move in by Christmas.
Alexander, a 46-year old Commu-
nity-based Environmental Protection
and Enhancement Programme worker,
was provided with financing to complete
her house which she repays in affordable
"The children are so excited," Alexander
told the T&T Guardian.
She was one of six people present at a
house dedication ceremony at Cashew
Gardens, Chaguanas yesterday who ei-
ther got assistance to build new homes or
repair or complete existing ones.
The ceremony was held for June Daban,
another single mom, who had a brand new
house constructed on a plot of land she
acquired in the Land for the Landless
Pastor Ramjit Ramayah, blessing
Daban's home, described Habitat for
Humanity as "angels without wings."
"God has to use somebody. We thank
God for the instrument being used. They
are like angels without wings."
Daban, 44, lived in temporary housing
provided by relatives in Caroni with her a
16-year old daughter, Shelly Ann.
"It was just a place where relatives who
had nowhere to go could stay until they
got something better," she said.
Daban, a National Maintenance Train-
ing and Security Company Ltd worker,
said she had gotten a plot of land in Cash-
ew Gardens about three years ago in the
Land for the Landless programme where
recipients were chosen by random draws.
"I went to the T&T Mortgage Finance
Company right after to get a loan to build a
house but was told I didn't qualify because
my fortnightly salary of $1,400 was too
small," she said.
She said Habitat for Humanity got her
name and those of the other five other
recipients from different agencies and she
received a call from them one day last year.
"Through them, I got my house built
and Shelly Ann and I will be moving in
for Christmas. I thank God I have my
Habitat for Humanity helps six families
June Daban, left, and her daughter, Shelly-Ann Sookdeo, at their new home at
Cashew Gardens, Chaguanas yesterday. At centre, is Social Investment Officer of
Republic Bank Rehanna Ramroop. PHOTOS: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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