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The Government yesterday rolled
out plans for a $67.3 million training
facility in Caroni, along with plans
for similar facilities in Chaguanas
and other parts of central Trinidad.
Tertiary Education Minister Fazal
Karim unveiled the plans at yester-
day s post-Cabinet media conference.
He cited the People s Partnership
manifesto s description of Chaguanas,
Charlieville, Carapichaima and Cunu-
pia as a growth pole location.
"This is an investment for all cen-
tres, especially Chaguanas...you re
seeing the expansion of education
and training facilties in T&T, espe-
cially Central Trinidad," he said.
"This investment in human capital
development and responding to the
workforce demands is well worth it."
Karim said census figures put
Chaguanas population at 83,500,
with 33 per cent of this figure being
youths aged 15-34. He said the house-
hold income per capita is $5,552, with
a labour force of 78 per cent male
and 49 per cent female.
The chief plans will see the $67.3
construction of a technology training
centre at the former Caroni (1975)
Ltd s Woodford Lodge facility.
Karim said the Woodford Lodge
premises had been idle after Caroni s
Funding will be used to construct
five buildings, refurbish existing
structures on ten acres of land, outfit
facilities, and to pay fees and taxes,
he added. It is expected to be com-
pleted by the first week of January
The centre will house the National
Energy Skills Centre, Metal Industries
Company and the Youth Partnership
Employment Centre. Also included
will be a 15-person dormitory and
The facility will include an auto-
motive technology centre in partner-
ship with the automotive industry.
Karim thanked Neal and Massy Ltd,
Southern Sales, Ansa McAL and Toy-
ota for their input in this initiative.
He said Tracmac will also be
involved in a Caterpillar tractor train-
ing facility which will feature two-
year programmes. There will also be
three-month training programmes in
the use of heavy-duty agricultural
equipment and courses in autotronics
and information technology.
A workforce assessment centre will
also certify people who are uncerti-
fied, he added.
Karim also highlighted other facil-
ities that will serve central Trinidad,
including the upcoming Costaatt
campus near Pierre Road, Charlieville,
the UTT Charlieville campus, Pt Lisas
YTEPP Centre, NESC Pt Lisas cam-
pus and UTT Energy Campus.
A Pt Lisas Institute Apprenticeship
programme, targeting industrial
workers, will be launched in October,
Karim noted the Aviation Institute
at Camden, which he said is being
done in conjunction with Caribbean
Airlines, National Helicopter Services
Ltd, Civil Aviation, UTT, TT Air
Guard and Metal Industries Ltd.
He said Cabinet has approved the
rationalisation of all tech/voc training
through various ministers.
He also said the first phase of the
UWI South Campus (Debe) was out
of foundation stage and on to ground-
$67m skills training centre for Central...
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However, she said in addition
to the medical bills, she wants
justice for her dad.
She said to date no one had
been held in connection with the
hit-and-run accident, even
though the police know the iden-
tity of the driver and the number
of the SUV which ran over her
father s leg.
Rampaul was on his way to
vote and to work as a polling
agent at the Felicity Presbyterian
School on Monday when the
A formal report about the inci-
dent was made by a soldier at
the Chaguanas Police Station.
Meera also denied that her
father had been drinking before
he was knocked down.
Rampaul and his friend, Garth
David, were walking to the polling
station on Monday morning
when they were both struck by
one of the SUVs from the AG s
From his hospital bed yester-
day, where he was visited by his
newly re-elected MP Warner,
Rampaul said he was off the road,
on a bridge near the school, when
he heard a vehicle driving at high
speed. He said he and his friend
tried to avoid being hit by the
SUV but were unsuccessful and
they were both injured.
David has said he intends to
take legal action and yesterday
Rampaul said he would do the
Warner promised: "Premnath,
if you don t, your MP would do
that for you."
He told members of the media
his visit was to show solidarity
with Rampaul, who openly said
he was on his way to vote for
Warner s Independent Liberal
Party on Monday when he was
hit. He also condemned state-
ments by Ramlogan which sug-
gested that Rampaul was intox-
icated at the time of the incident.
Warner said: "The AG was not
there. I was there. For the AG,
who is supposed to represent law
and order in the country, for him
to say that, I have to come to tell
him that what the AG said is not
true and to assure him that we
shall look into this matter and
take all the steps that have to be
taken after he leaves here.
"The AG has misled the nation
and if he could do that for a single
seat, what would he do for 41?"
Ramlogan suggested on Mon-
day that ILP activist Inshan Ish-
mael was culpable in the accident
and had been driving recklessly
while pursuing the AG s security
vehicles. Ishmael, however, has
Accident victims plan legal action
Newly-elected Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner greets accident
victim and constituent Premnath Rampaul at the Gulf View Medical
Centre, San Fernando, yesterday. Rampaul's right foot was broken
when the driver of one of the vehicles in the Attorney General's
security detail struck him while he was on his way to cast his vote in
Monday's by-election. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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