National Skills Development Programme (NSDP)


The aim of the Journeyman Programme is to produce skilled workers suitable for immediate employment in his/her occupational area upon graduation.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the programme must have:-

  • A National Craftsman Certificate or equivalent.
  • At least 3 CXC or G.C.E. passes or equivalent at grade A,B,C, or 1,2,3 including:
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Technical Drawing
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology
    • Building Construction Technology
    • Electrical/Electronics Technology
    • Any of the Sciences
  • Must be a  National/Resident  of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Between the age of 17 – 25 years

Programme Structure

The NSDP centres provide skills training under the Journeyman Programme for a period three years. The Journeyman programme is an apprenticeship programme designed to provide trainees with the necessary competencies in various occupational areas related to the field of engineering. These occupational areas are:

Diploma Level:

  • Electrical Maintenance Technology
  • Mechanical Maintenance Technology
  • Machine Shop Technology

Certificates Level:

  • Joinery

The programme provides industry–ready graduates with the necessary skills for immediate employment in their chosen occupational field. Graduates can also move into higher engineering programmes at other tertiary level institutions or become entrepreneurs. The journeyman programme follows the German Dual System of technical vocational training in that the training is conducted in training centres and industry. The Factory Training Concept is utilised in that the foundation theoretical and practical skills are developed in the centres and mastery of these skills are developed in the industry under guided supervision of a skilled supervisor or Mastercraftsman.

Programme Outcome:  Graduates from this Programme will demonstrate a high level of competency in their occupational area and will be able to work under minimum supervision in the Manufacturing and Energy sector. A successful graduate, after 3-5 years in the field, will be able to be self-employed or perform duties in a supervisory capacity in the industry.

Special programme offerings:

  • One year industrial attachment in area of specialization
  • Personal Protective Equipment each year for full duration of programme
  • Workman compensation insurance
  • Stipend on entry to industrial attachment base on OJT rates


On successful completion trainees will be awarded a National Journeyman Diploma/Certificate awarded at Level III of ACTT National Qualifications Framework. Certificate approved by MIC, the  German Chamber of Crafts, ICON Institut of Germany.


The Journeyman Programme is offered under the umbrella of the National Skills Development Programme (NSDP) managed by the MIC Institute of Technology (MIC) in collaboration with the German Chamber of Crafts and Trades, and the ICON Institute of Aachen, Germany.  MIC has been registered by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) as a post secondary tertiary education service provider for a period of three (3) years.


Tuition fees for the Journeyman Programme will be covered by G.A.T.E. Trainees will, however be required to contribute to the cost of training texts, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and exercise clothing.