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YTEPP seeks business support
CEO of the Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) Nigel Forgenie wants the business community to support programmes which provide skills-based training. He said that is necessary to address shortages of skilled labour.
“To change the outcomes of a predictable future, we need to get business and employees involved at all levels, this is critical. Business needs to be more involved in the collection of information for the designing, development, implementation and evaluation of training programmes. Business also needs to be involved in co-funding these programmes,” Forgenie said when he addressed a recent YTEPP seminar at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre.
He emphasised that co-funding is needed, as distinct from corporate social responsibility which has done a lot for many communities in T&T but is not big and strong enough to tackle real problems and provide real solutions to problems that affect the environment in which businesses operate.
“People with skills, are the building blocks of business success. Improving in skills, or investing in skills, is one of the few issues on which there is consensus worldwide. If you use it as a tool, it can increase business competitiveness.
Business competitiveness should not only be looked at in terms of access to forex, industrial policies laid across a natural resource endowment,” Forgenie said.
He said plans for YTEPP include reaching out to school drop outs and introducing technical and vocational skills.
“We are proposing that even from the primary school level that we introduce vocational skills, not as an alternative, but complimentary to the current curriculum. We are saying that this could be done on Saturdays and during the vacation periods to help our young people transition throughout life,” he explained
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