Over 2000 graduate from YTEPP Programme
A total of 2038 young people graduated from the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) on Wednesday at the University of Trinidad and Tobago's O'meara campus, after receiving training in areas of Cosmetology, Barbering, Braiding, Welding and other professions.
Delivering the feature address, Minister in the Ministry of Education, Dr 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 grandaunts and others in attendance to acknowledge that Trinidad and Tobago has entered into a new paradigm and 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 “
A statement from the Ministry of Education noted that this cohort of young professionals reaffirmed the Government's commitment to invest in technical and vocational skills in order to meet the development needs of the country.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia was also in attendance.
YTEPP’s flagship industry partnerships include the Caribbean Dockyard and Engineering Services Limited (Caridock) Metal X Engineering, Hydrotech and 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.