Over 2000 trainees graduate from YTEPP
A total of two thousand and thirty eight young people are now equipped with skills to earn a living in the areas of cosmetology, barbering, braiding, welding and other professions after graduating from the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP).
This cohort of young professionalsis testimony to the vision, commitment and support of the Ministry of Education to invest in technical and vocational skills in order to meet the development needs of the country.
The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education and Dr. the Honourble Lovell Francis, both attended the Graduation Ceremony which was held at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) O’ Meara Campus, Arima on Wednesday 24th January, 2018.
Delivering the feature address, Dr. the Honourable Lovell Francis expressed satisfaction that YTEPP is fulfilling the mandate of the Ministry by adding value to the lives of young people.
“We need you and that’s a fact, Trinidad and Tobago needs you so much that we spend a lot of money trying to educate you and it is money well spent and money well worth it, because you add value to our society at a time we need you most.”
Dr. Francis cautioned the grandauntsand others in attendance to acknowledge that Trinidad and Tobago has entered into a new paradigmand certain skill sets are critical to take the nation out of its existing economic difficulties.
“We need people who are skills trained, we need people who are technicians, we need people who are joiners, people who are entrepreneurs, nail technicians, barbers, hairdressers, mechanics, technicians, we need welders “
YTEPP’s flagship industry partnerships include the Caribbean Dockyard and Engineering Services Limited (Caridock) Metal X Engineering, Hydrotechand VMCOTT among others. In 2014 YTEPP entered into a partnership with the Vancouver Island University to establish the Institute of Cosmetology, which now serves as a Centre of Excellence, not only for Trinidad and Tobago but also serving the CARICOM region.