Thursday 23 November, 2017

T&T students attend cyber-security workshop

Chaguanas Mayor His Worship Gopaul Boodhan (3rd from left) is flanked by Rayan Ramoutar, Consultant with the GSPP; Tracy Hackshaw, Programme Manager & Head of the Programme Execution Unit GSPP; Raj Ramdass, Director RSC International; Sugan Ramdass, Director RSC International; Chrisen Maharaj, Manager, Capacity Building and Programme Financing EXPORTT.

Chaguanas Mayor His Worship Gopaul Boodhan (3rd from left) is flanked by Rayan Ramoutar, Consultant with the GSPP; Tracy Hackshaw, Programme Manager & Head of the Programme Execution Unit GSPP; Raj Ramdass, Director RSC International; Sugan Ramdass, Director RSC International; Chrisen Maharaj, Manager, Capacity Building and Programme Financing EXPORTT.

Students in Trinidad and Tobago were given the opportunity to gain valuable skills necessary to enter the cyber-security industry, a sector where salaries can be upwards of TT $35,000.00 to $50,000.00 monthly, depending on experience and certification.  

The Global Services Promotion Programme, being implemented by the Ministry of Planning and Development, hosted a cyber-security capacity-building workshop to foster the passion and desire to pursue careers in the cyber-security industry.

The workshop involved secondary school students, tertiary level students and IT professionals at its hub on Ramsaran Street in Chaguanas. During the session, participants were introduced to the basics of cyber-security and were taught the importance of cyber-security to the financial, business and education sectors.

The Programme, funded via a loan and grant agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), seeks to drive Trinidad and Tobago‚Äôs economic transformation and diversification using information technology enabled services (ITeS). A number of initiatives have been undertaken through the programme since November 2016, including a training session with global search-engine giant Google for students and IT practitioners; collaborations with the business community; seminars for schools involving building computer systems; and an internet of things workshop with IBM.

Given the current challenges in the oil and gas industry, these initiatives are expected to broaden opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago's non-traditional economic sectors. 

The cyber security workshop was a collaboration with RSC International, which focuses on enhancing education through technology.  Chaguanas Mayor, Gopaul Boodan was on hand to inspire the participants to grasp the opportunities present for the development of business and entrepreneurship ventures that can contribute to job creation.