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Education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh has appealed to absen-
tee fathers to become more
involved in their children s lives,
which would in turn improve the
country s social stability.
Addressing the seventh gradua-
tion ceremony of Swimming to Suc-
cess programme at Moses Avenue,
San Juan, on Saturday, Gopeesingh
said: "A father s love helps teach
them right from wrong, explains to
them the consequences of bad deci-
sions, and strengthens them with
The programme which targets at-
risk young people in the San Juan
and Santa Cruz areas, aims at fos-
tering discipline, teamwork, sporting
and life skills.
Gopeesingh said: "Wide-ranging
international studies and statistics
show that children who grow up
without a father are more likely to
live in poverty, become school
delinquents, join gangs, fall into a
life of crime or substance abuse or
become teenage parents themselves.
The challenge we face now is to
find out ways and means as to how
we can collectively unite to help
our nation s fathers meet their
responsibilities to our families and
Saying this programme was a
timely one as crime and other social
ills threatened to sway them away
from the path of development and
positive growth, Gopeesingh out-
lined the benefits to people engaged
Among them, he said, were build-
ing muscle, reducing obesity and
stress, better time management,
improved mental reflexes and deci-
sion-making, following instructions,
higher self-esteem, improved
grades, team-building skills, better
relations with peers, a clearer def-
inition of goals and learning how
to cope with challenges and set-
Singling out pregnant teenagers,
Gopeesingh said a US survey which
compared female athletes to non-
athletes found that female athletes
were less likely to get pregnant early
as they were having intercourse later
in life, had fewer sex partners and
were generally well-rounded indi-
Urging the programme s partic-
ipants to continue actively support-
ing the initiative, the minister
encouraged them never to give up
on the game, as their perseverance
and determination would pay off
later in life.
Praising organiser William Munro
for being an exemplary father to
the children of the community,
Gopeesingh said fathers, whether
biological or adopted, deserved to
be honoured for their role in shaping
Call for absentee
fathers to step up
Participants in an event entitled a walk-a-son, hosted by comedian Errol Fabien, take off from the Eddie
Hart ground, Tacarigua ,on their way to Curepe on Sunday. PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER.
Two decades after economic downturns forced
the closure of Petrotrin s apprenticeship programme,
Tertiary Education Minister Fazal Karim has rein-
stated it because of a shortage of skilled labour at
the state-owned company.
Karim welcomed the first 75 trainees on Friday at
the launch at Petrotrin s Pointe-a-Pierre Staff Club.
The trainees were selected out of a pool of 1,100
applicants doing vocational studies at the University
of T&T, Metal Industries Company (MIC) and Nation-
al Energy Skills Training Corporation (NESC). They
will be trained in electrical engineering, fabricating,
welding, instrumentation and machine-shop cours-
es.Delivering the feature address, Karim said his mis-
sion was to get people off the streets by giving them
vocational skills and accredited qualifications.
He urged pupils to appreciate the investment being
made in their development by showing positive atti-
tudes to their country.
"You must be regular and punctual. There must
not be absenteeism and respect for elders is very
important. Too often you hear about rights, and it
is true that you have rights, but what about your
responsibility to yourself and your country? You can
go far with the right attitude," Karim said.
He explained that T&T, like the rest of the world,
had an aging workforce, so able-bodied retirees could
still make a valuable contribution and he planned to
develop a new programme, called Retirees Returning
to Work (RRTW), which will provide working oppor-
tunities for them.
Petrotrin s president Khalid Hassanali said within
recent times the company had experienced a declining
availability of competent technical manpower at the
craft, technician, and operator levels.
He said because of inadequate labour supply, rising
demand and competition for scarce resources, the
apprenticeship programme had been reinstated.
He added that apprentices will benefit from a
structured training programme comprised of both
field and classroom training.
Petrotrin revives apprenticeship
programme after two decades
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