Sunday 26 May, 2019

Ministry to provide skills training for 265 communities

Photo by Bidvine from Pexels.

Photo by Bidvine from Pexels.

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts has launched its 2018 skills training programme for approximately 265 communities throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

In a statement, the Ministry said the Community Education Programme (CEP) provides skills training in a variety of marketable skills and targets the unemployed and under-employed.

The programme provides participants with equal opportunities to prepare themselves to compete for jobs or to develop the skills to create sustainable self-employment and entrepreneurship.

Skills and competencies developed can then aid in the creation of home-based production of goods and services, diversification of income streams and employment generation.  

Several of the CEP tutors are past students of the programme. 

Helen Maikoo, a past student and now a tutor, teaches the Bread, Cakes and Pastries class. She said the programme has provided her with viable skills. 

The CEP programme benefitted me in a great way giving me the confidence to show and express myself in cooking. I always had a love of baking, cooking and anything involved with being around the kitchen.”

Maikoo’s first class was in International Cuisine, Preservatives, Drinks and Desserts and initially it was just something fun to do but it turned out to be a stepping stone into the catering industry.

Now, with a registered catering business, Maikoo believes others can also begin their own businesses or enhance their skills,

“It is never too late to start something or learn something and I'm glad that I made that decision to take part in this programme because I don't believe I would have gotten the courage to be where I am today.”

(Demonstration:  Ms. Helen Maikoo speaks to students of the 2018 Bread, Cakes and Pastries CEP Class.)

Classes are being offered throughout Trinidad and Tobago with almost 8000 persons participating.

Some courses offered are: Computer Literacy, Hairdressing, Bread, Cakes and Pastries, Jewellery Making, Fabric Design, Soap Making Mixology, Landscaping, Events Management, Child Care, Welding and Fabrication, Small Engine Repairs, Small Scale Agriculture (Grow Box) and more.

The programme is expected to conclude in June 2018 and persons will receive certificates upon completion.

Certification: 2017 Graduates of the Small Engine Repairs displayed their certificates 

The Ministry said the programme is accessible to all regardless of  age, gender, race, educational level, social or economic status, or religious or political persuasion. 

All courses are sponsored by Community Development and are free of charge.

For more information visit the Ministry's Facebook page at or for details on the programmes available see here:


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