The Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) was introduced as a national response to the growing problem of unemployed and unemployable youth. YTEPP was first created as a temporary programme to provide vocational skills training to youth between the ages of 15 and 25 years. The training covered five areas: Attitudinal Development, Basic Education, Vocational Skills Training, Work Experience and Post Training Support. As a result of the tremendous success of the training, a more long term arrangement was made that would immortalize YTEPP.
On October 10th, 1990, YTEPP was registered as a State Corporation under Section 20 of the Companies Ordinance of Trinidad and Tobago, officially becoming Youth Training and Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP) Limited. YTEPP introduced programmes that would enhance participants’ marketability, self-employment and self-sustainability with an aim of 10,000 young person’s being targeted annually.
In August 1991, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago signed an agreement with the World Bank to fund YTEPP Limited.
The first full-time training center was opened in Maloney: The Maloney Vocational Training Center. Subsequently, centers were opened Usine St. Madeline and Point Fortin, where cycles of training ran for six (6) months.
World Bank funding extended to 1998 and thereafter the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, fully funded YTEPP Limited.
YTEPP Limited engaged significant industry partnerships and services that proved beneficial to its trainees. Partnerships included Kellog Pan-American Corporation, National Energy Skills Center, The Public Transport Service Corporation and The Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Company.
Validation for YTEPP’s final assessment was initiated by the National Examination Council (NEC) for accreditation and certification. Prior to this, a certificate of achievement based on contact hours was issued by YTEPP to graduates.
YTEPP’s most innovative medium of delivering training was launched through the introduction of two (2) Mobile Computer Training Buses – PTSC buses which were outfitted with state-of-the-art PC technology including Internet Access, to provide persons who live in mostly rural areas with the opportunity of becoming computer literate.
YTEPP became a sustaining company member with the American Welding Society (AWS), which allowed YTEPP to stay current with industry trends through the most recognized source of welding technology.
YTEPP continued its thrust towards industry partnerships which were extended to UAL Weldequip Limited, British Gas Trinidad and Tobago (BGTT), Weldfab Limited, HydroTech Limited, Guayaguayare and BHP Billiton Trinidad and Tobago.
YTEPP extended its training opportunities to secondary schools in Tobago, and began the construction of its Valencia full-time vocational skills training center.
In 2000, YTEPP introduced stipend payments to assist trainees with their travelling expenses to and from the various centers.
YTEPP opened its doors to its Valencia Training and Enterprise Academy, giving access to training to hundreds of citizens.
YTEPP’s Future Leaders Programme was launched with the aim of providing leadership training as a social intervention strategy to curb the increasing incidence of at risk youth. The programme involves exposing the trainee council presidents from each YTEPP center to high level quality leadership training geared to positively impact their centers, communities and work places.
YTEPP entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Agency for International Development to provide mobile computer training to communities in Tobago.
During 2012 The Retraining Programme, once under the then Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, was repositioned under YTEPP Limited.
Signed Memorandum of Understanding with BGTT to utilize premises owned by Fifth Company Baptist Church to establish a Skills Training Centre in 5th Company Moruga, which target 300 residents for every cycle of training.
The company had an official opening of its Point Lisas Training and Enterprise Academy; its Waterloo/Carapichaima Business Education and Training Campus; its Diego Martin Training and Enterprise Academy.
- Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Center Approval.
- Vancouver Island University partnership for the establishments of YTEPP’s Center of Excellence in Cosmetology.
- YTEPP Limited was invited to register welding and fabricating trainees with the Point Lisas Industry Apprenticeship Programme (PLIAP). Seventeen (17) persons were interviewed and deemed suitable by the industry interviewers.
- Renewal of MoU between Metal X Engineering Limited and YTEPP Limited to provide industry based training.
YTEPP Limited’s 2016 – 2019 Strategic Plan is based on the following principles:
- the development of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as lifelong learning;
- the integration and participation of the Institution’s stakeholders; and,
- continuous quality improvement with respect to curricula and teaching and learning processes.
The Institution proposes to employ a new performance model utilising different approaches; such as integrated vocational education and training, cooperative training, provision of special short-term courses, e-learning, open learning, and distance learning. The Institution is intent upon piloting this model first at the Woodford Lodge Campus.
YTEPP, through its Strategic Plan is moving to increase equitable access to training and educational programmes; improving the quality and relevance of our offerings; and training and upgrading administration and management competencies. These will be accomplished through the following five guided objectives, which are to:
- Establish quality assurance management throughout the training and education agenda
- Develop and improve curricula and media for learning and industry teaching
- Expand training opportunities with new offerings and higher level training (Level II & III)
- Implement an apprenticeship programme through industry partnerships
- Expand student support services
To be the Caribbean’s leading professional development training institution that provides all individuals with authentic lifelong opportunities for skill acquisition that leads to wage employment, self-employment or articulation to higher levels of education and training.
To prepare citizens to meet the demands of a changing economy through the delivery of innovative, flexible, practical, market-driven professional development and entrepreneurship programmes.
- Excellence: Strives to meet the highest possible standards in our daily work and in the quality of services we provide.
- Customer Satisfaction: Seeks to identify and understand customer needs and provides effective solutions that exceed customer expectations and contribute to their success while mobilizing others to do the same.
- Partnership: Fosters meaningful and mutually beneficial alliances that support the achievement of the Company’s strategic objectives.
- Teamwork: Works cohesively and builds strong relationships based on tolerance, understanding and mutual cooperation to achieve the Company’s mission and objectives and ensure stakeholder satisfaction.
- Innovation: Consistently identifies ideas and opportunities that significantly improve the Company’s performance and fosters the development of ideas for unique products, processes or solutions.
- Ethical Conduct: Displays high standards of honest and ethical business behaviour and builds trust and credibility with all of our stakeholders.
- Flexibility: Anticipates and readily adapts to changes in the internal and external environment in order to remain viable and sustainable.
- Commitment: Uses new tools and approaches that continuously inspire full assurance between management and staff, creates a caring and enjoyable work environment, improves productivity and impacts all key stakeholders.
- Entrepreneurship: Exhibits an entrepreneurial mind-set and identifies and capitalizes on feasible opportunities to ensure the Company’s success.