Ministry receives US$100k from UNICEF’s GenU Project

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    The Planning Ministry has received US$100,000 along with technical support from UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited (GenU) Project for its National Manpower Plan.

    According to the Ministry, development of the Plan was undertaken after research revealed the existence of skills gaps in areas within the local labour market.

    GenU promotes expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, aged 10 to 24.

    According to Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, 30% of firms in T&T have reported an inadequately educated workforce as a major constraint to business.

    She says the National Manpower Plan would tackle these problems across the board within the education and employment systems.

    The National Manpower Plan is projected to be completed by 2022.

    Some of the other objectives of this Plan include:

    • Closing the skills gap between labour demand and supply
    • Reform of the education and training system to provide appropriate / certifiable paths for students with varying abilities
    • Employment generation by facilitating and promoting the development of small businesses
    • The establishment of a database or National Registry of Skilled Individuals to be used for identification of certified skilled persons and measurement of the inventory of skills in the country
    • Career guidance to manage the expectation of entrants into the job market
    • Promotion of lifelong learning, given the aging population