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THESE ARE THE FACTS
THE apprehension held by many that the Government Assistance for
Tuition Expenses (GATE) Programme would be shut down has been put
to rest by the continued policies and expanded programmes of the
Over the past three years, contrary to rumours of closure, GATE has
been expanded, strengthened and secured to include many areas of
training that were once locked out, ushering in new areas of skills
development and certification in our country.
During this time, the money spent on GATE has increased by more than
25 per cent.
GATE, however, forms just part of what has been done in such a short
period of time. Many strides have been made to further educate and
train our citizens in traditional and non-traditional areas of learning.
This is just a snapshot of the tremendous work carried out for the
development of our people and nation as it forms part of Government's
people centred Seven Pillars for Sustainable Development.
Some of the achievements and initiatives of the Government to date:
St. Augustine Education City Committee to develop a University
Town, which will serve as an Integrated Centre for Academic
The Masters of Arts in Leadership in Technical and Vocational
Education and Training (TVET) and Workforce Development was
The Metal Industries Company Limited (MIC) unveiled two VRTEX
360Machines, educational training tools that are designed to
accelerate welding training through the utilization of virtual reality.
The Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC)/NESC Trade School
and Workforce Assessment Centre formally opened at PTSC
UTT opened its Scarborough campus, expanding its educational
reach in Tobago.
The Energy Institute of Trinidad and Tobago (EIT) was launched; the
EIT is a collaboration between UTT and NESC, as a one-stop-shop for
energy training and tuition within Trinidad and Tobago.
The Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) launched
the first student caravan, which visited secondary schools in rural
communities across the country to better offer career guidance
services to students and the wider public.
Opened a Public Access Learning System (PALS) at its Valencia
Training and Enterprise Academy and unveiled this country's very
first free "hole in the wall" computer, which is located in the wall of
the Academy on the Valencia Main Road.
Hosted a Funding and Business Ownership Seminar to link trainees
of its Small Business Management programme to experts in the area
of Micro Entrepreneurship.
Launched Signature Creations, an income-generating Business
Incubator designed to encourage micro-entrepreneurship in the
Opened the nation's first school of journalism, the Ken Gordon
School of Journalism and Communication Studies.
A COSTAATT Campus was opened in Sangre Grande to meet the
needs of underserved populations with an enrolment of 800
students- serving communities in the Arima, Wallerfield, Valencia,
Guaico, Cumuto, Sangre Grande, Toco, Matelot, Manzanilla, Biche.
New Nurses Training Academy located in El Dorado using the former
El Dorado Youth Camp.
The National Training Agency (NTA) implemented Workforce
Assessment Centres that allow qualified, but uncertified, citizens to
acquire the relevant credentials.
NTA opened eight new On-the-Job-Training sub-offices throughout
UTT opened the Professional Education Unit and the UTT Charlieville
Campus in Chaguanas.
UTT signed an MoU with Caribbean Airlines and National Helicopters
Services Limited for the start of Aircraft Maintenance Training. Just
recently, the country witnessed the arrival of a FedEx plane to help
UWI commenced construction of the Signal Hill UWI Open Campus
The Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago
Education, skills training at its greatest in T&T's history
GATE MORE SECURE THAN EVER
Site and will facilitate the expansion of enrolment in the Open Campus
Programmes in Tobago.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed between YTEPP and USAID
to provide mobile computer bus services to rural communities in
YTEPP revised the age of entry to accept trainees up to age 35.
Opened the new Point Lisas and Waterloo Training Facilities.
Government approved the formation of the Fashion Industry
Development Committee (FIDC) to oversee the development of a
feasibility study and strategic plan for the fashion industry.
Employees of National Energy get served a Creole lunch.
National Energy employees have lunch.
From left, judges Richard Charles, Mary Leiw-Mc Intosh and Albert Telesford are seen sampling
the fish broth.
Mayaro fish broth champions Wishes Nite Spot with National Energy corporate
communications manager Wendy Seow and MP Winston "Gypsy" Peters.
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