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he Youth Training and Employment Part-
nership Programme (YTEPP) is doing its
part to increase productivity in T&T. YTEPP
graduates have successfully placed in com-
panies within the services, energy and other
sectors of the economy, said Nigel Forgenie,
chief executive officer, YTEPP.
Forgenie, who was speaking in a telephone interview on
Friday, said YTEPP is changing in tandem with its external
environment. In the last three years, the programme had
been streamlined so it would have more “fluid structure”, he
“We now have responsibility for the retraining department
which now focuses on individuals between 25 and 60 years
old. Our responsibilities with them are in terms of retraining
and retooling people within that target age groups so they
can find different jobs. The organisation is 25 years old and
we figured we couldn’t keep doing the same things that we
were doing when we got started.”
He said two factors changing in YTEPP’S external envi-
ronment were technology and the use of better training sys-
tems and methodology in the global market. Forgenie said
the global trends in training prompted YTEPP to change its
curriculum and update its equipment.
“Our focus now is really on how we could not just do the
traditional plumbing, masonry and carpentry, but how we
could infuse technology into it so a trainee would be better
prepared for the workplace,” he said.
Previously, Forgenie said graduates received training which
did not prepare them for the demands of industries.
On April 30, YTEPP signed a memorandum of under-
standing with the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Com-
merce. The MoU allows the chamber to post vacancies on
YTEPP’s e-employment service Web site, which would allow
graduates to apply for jobs online.
According to Forgenie, 40 companies have expressed interest
in the Web site.
“They (the companies) have a unique password which
allows them to post the job online and it also allows them
to view the applications that come in and make a selection.”
Forgenie said the Web site would be enhanced so that
employers would have an opportunity to assess the applicant
before interviewing them.
“When you look at any industry today, you would find
quite a number of people who would have a YTEPP education.
YTEPP doesn’t only offer technical vocational training; we
also do entrepreneurial training. As a result of that, there
are a number of entrepreneurs out there who are past YTEPP
There are nursing assistants and aides who would have
completed the patient care and childcare programme YTEPP
graduates have also found jobs in the Pt Galeota area after
finishing the welding programme.
“Last year some of our graduates went in the Mayaro area
for jobs and were competing against other welders. The
majority of individuals who were successful were YTEPP
graduates because the quality of their work was far better.”
Other than the health and hospitality sectors, graduates
have joined the agriculture sector and creative industries.
“We have been able to make an impact not only in the
traditional sector but in other sectors as well.”
Though YTEPP is now offered on a part-time basis, there
are plans for its programmes to be available full-time.
“The largest challenge that YTEPP has is that of facilities.
YTEPP’s programmes are mainly part-time done through
the secondary schools. Because you do it through the sec-
ondary schools, we don’t have full access to the classrooms.
There are times when the Ministry (of Education) has to
close for repairs, which affects our classes.”
“We were out of Diego Martin for two years due to some
of the crime in the area. Next month we return to Diego
Martin with a fully more expanded daytime centre. We are
expanding our daytime centre at Waterloo, and pretty soon
we are expanding our day time centre at Woodford Lodge,
Forgenie said in order to provide quality education, training
and certification that is regionally and internationally accepted,
“a lot of the programmes that we would have to do would
not have to be expanded programmes in that they wouldn’t
necessarily have to be six-month programmes, but now it
will be nine-month and one-year programmes.”
Forgenie said there are plans to use some of the unused
government facilities for daytime centres. Training for its
own employees are also on the cards as YTEPP prepares to
introduce “workplace learning” for its staff.
“Some of the things we are doing is that we are equipping
our staff to be able to meet the challenges not just in the
workplace, but outside. We are just about to introduce a
workplace learning system where our staff will have an oppor-
tunity to increase their level of education and competency
while they advance at work.”
Vancouver Island University is an educational institution
YTEPP has partnered with.
“We are going to develop a national sensitisation campaign
to be able to lift the standards in industries. The partnering
with industries is not only in terms of agriculture sector or
the petrochemical sector,” he said.
Products made by students need to be marketed.
“You would also see the birth of YTEPP Marketing, which
is a company we are launching specifically to promote the
products and services of YTEPP graduates. Soon you will go
to the grocery shelves and see products manufactured by
YTEPP graduates. We are working with them to ensure they
meet the necessary quality standards so their goods and
services can compete.”
YTEPP is planning to launch the first mobile computing
“It is a bus we would put with computers to treat with
the training of differently-abled persons.”
The institution, which also has a rehabilitation programme
in T&T’s prisons, train former inmates to fit into the working
“We have two projects that we have been working on, and
those projects are directed toward filling the gap in our hos-
pitality industry. In one instance, what we are focusing on
is, ‘at risk’ individuals, such as those who would have spent
some time at the Youth Training Centre who would have
had the opportunity to partake in the programmes in the
BUSINESS GUARDIAN www.guardian.co.tt MAY 2014 • WEEK TWO
Introduces online job placement, mobile computing and marketing unit
chief executive officer, YTEPP
Tertiary Education Minister Fazal
Karim, right, looks on as Richie
Sookhai, president, Chaguanas
Chamber of Industry and
Commerce, and Nigel Forgenie,
chief executive officer, YTEPP,
sign an agreement that will allow
both parties to find suitable
applicants for jobs.
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