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Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014

Multi-sector Skills Training (MuST) Programme

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MuST was designed in response to a social need within the nation's economy to nurture sustainable human development in Trinidad and Tobago. The Programme is a specialized craft-training initiative which seeks to develop competent workers within priority economic sectors.
The MuST Programme offers trainees the opportunity to be exposed to various occupational and employability skills training within these priority sectors. The programme targets unemployed nationals between the ages of 18 and 50 years, who are motivated to achieve.

Overview
The MuST programme was officially launched on July 2nd, 2004 and has exposed over 20,000 unemployed nationals to occupational skills training within the Construction and Hospitality and Tourism Sectors.

PHASE I - Construction Sector
Phase I of the MuST programme, the Construction Sector, consists of two levels of training: Level 1 or tradesman assistant and Level 2 or specialised skill worker training.

Level I
Registered MuST Trainees are exposed to construction occupation skills where they work alongside the skilled workers of industry partners for a training period of six (6) months. Trainees work to National Occupational Standards and are certified by the National Training Agency with the Caribbean Vocational Qualification based on the competency level of trainees.
Trainees are on construction sites for four days a week. On one day, they retreat to an off-site centre where they undergo Life Skills, Literacy and Numeracy and Construction Technology Training.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education provides each registered MuST Trainee with the following:

  • A daily stipend of $80.00
  • Basic Tools and Equipment
  • Basic Personal Protective Equipment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Supervisory Management and Assessment Services by Technology Instructors/Assessors


Level II
MuST Level II trainees are exposed to specialized skilled worker training in the Construction Sector. The occupations currently available for training are Masonry, Construction Carpentry, Plumbing, Welding and Electrical Installation. Trainees work independently for a period of nine (9) months based on National Occupational Standards. They spend for days per week on construction sites and on one day, retreat to an offsite centre where they undergo Life Skills, Construction Calculation, Technical Drawing and Construction Technology.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education provide each registered trainee with:

  • A daily stipend of $100.00
  • Basic Tools and Equipment
  • Basic Personal Protective Equipment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Supervisory Management and Assessment Services by Technology Instructors/Assessors



PHASE II – Hospitality and Tourism Sector
Phase II of the MuST programme, the Hospitality and Tourism Sector, provide skill training at only Level I.

Level I
Registered MuST Trainees are exposed to hospitality and tourism occupation skills where they work alongside the skilled workers of industry partners for a training period of six (6) months. Trainees work to National Occupational Standards and are certified by the National Training Agency with the Caribbean Vocational Qualification based on the competency level of trainees.
Trainees are on Hospitality and Tourism sites for four days a week. On one day, they retreat to an off-site centre where they undergo Life Skills, Literacy and Numeracy and Hospitality and Tourism Technology Training.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education provides each registered MuST Trainee with the following:

  • A daily stipend of $80.00
  • Basic Tools and Equipment
  • Basic Personal Protective Equipment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Supervisory Management and Assessment Services by Technology Instructors/Assessors


Target
The MuST Programme targets unemployed nationals between the ages of 18 - 50 years who are:

  • Displaced workers
  • Motivated to achieve
  • Re-entrants into productive society
  • Differently-abled


Benefits
The benefits to be derived from the MuST Programme are:

  • Nationals are trained to National Occupational Standards
  • Nationals are exposed to new Construction and Hospitality Technologies and work practices
  • Nationals are certified to the Caribbean Vocational Qualification Scheme
  • Training empowers nationals thus making them employable or self employed


Framework
Programme Framework (Construction and Hospitality and Tourism)
The MuST Programme is a work based training programme. This means that the actual work which is being done facilitates the training process.

On four days per week, trainees are on various sites and properties, acting as assistants or helpers to skilled workers on these locations. On one day per week, the trainees retreat to an off-site centre where they undergo literacy and numeracy skills training.

  • One week orientation prior to placement on work-based site
  • Drug and alcohol Testing
  • Attitudinal audit

Within the programme framework, trainees are exposed to one week’s orientation prior to work-site placement.

All trainees are drug and alcohol tested.  Trainees are tested for marijuana, cocaine and extreme levels of alcohol.

The drug and alcohol testing is done for occupational health and safety purposes.


During the one week orientation, prior to placement, trainees undergo an attitudinal audit as a result of the nature of the respective sector.
Life skills training is also included which helps trainees to handle conflict resolution without the use of violence, thereby building self esteem and confidence.