MoE details expansion of the GATE Programme

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    In keeping with the Finance Minister’s announcement in the Budget, the Education Ministry has revealed more about the expansion of the Graduate Assistance for Tuition (GATE) Programme.

    On Monday, Minister Colm Imbert said the restriction of funding to one undergraduate programme had been problematic for students looking to complete their bachelor’s degree by progressing from a non-degree programme.

    As such, GATE was expanded to facilitate the progression to a Bachelor’s, as well as Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programme Level Four and above.

    It says, with immediate effect, students enrolled in institutions and programmes accredited by the Accreditation Council of T&T will be funded as follows:

    • for one (1) non-terminal programme and One (1) Bachelor’s Degree
    • for one (1) Diploma and One (1) Bachelor’s Degree
    • for one (1) Advanced Diploma and One (1) Bachelor’s Degree 
    • for one (1) Associate Degree and One (1) Bachelor’s Degree
    • for one (1)  Certificate Programme and One (1) Bachelor’s Degree

    As it relates to TVET, the GATE programme will now allow for:

    • one TVET level three (3) programme or equivalent as Diploma and one TVET level four (4) programme equivalent as Advanced Diploma 
    • one TVET level four (4) programme equivalent as Advanced Diploma and one TVET level five (5) programme equivalent as a Bachelor’s Degree
    • one TVET level three (3) programme equivalent as Diploma and one TVET level five (5) programme equivalent as a Bachelor’s Degree

    Persons are however asked to note the following:

    1. Students should register for the Baccalaureate certification or TVET equivalent within two (2) years of completion of the initial course of study.
    2. The Baccalaureate course of study should be aligned to the areas identified on the Interim Development List, as well as areas associated with maintaining the cadre of professionals in the areas of Medicine, Engineering, Science and Technology, Agriculture, Law, Psychology, Social Work, the Creative Sector and Sports.
    3. Citizens under the age of 50, already in possession of qualifications which allow them to matriculate to a Baccalaureate program or its TVET equivalent, must register by September 2024 to be eligible for GATE funding.