Cabinet has approved the implementation of an Apprenticeship Programme for the Non-Energy Manufacturing Sector.
Minister of Trade and Industry, Paula Gopee-Scoon, made the announcement on Thursday.
In a media release, the Ministry said this program will be implemented by the Ministry in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, specifically the MIC Institute of Technology.
The release said other partners that will be involved in the implementation of the programme include the National Training Agency and the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association.
The Non-energy Manufacturing sector in Trinidad and Tobago remains an important and dynamic sector in the economy.
It is a catalyst for achieving economic transformation and diversification, and most importantly a reduction in the country’s food import bill, exports and the generation of foreign exchange and provision of sustainable employment.
It is the third largest contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product after the Services and the Oil and Gas Sectors contributing almost 20% or TT $30 billion to the country’s GDP in 2020 (measured on a year-on-year basis) and employs approximately 52,000 persons.