Multi-Sector Skills Training (MuST)

Overview
The MuST Programme was officially launched on July 2, 2004 under the former Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education in partnership with the National Training Agency.  MuST Programme was designed in response to a social need within the nation's economy to nurture sustainable human development in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2011, The MuST Programme was transferred to MIC offering Hospitality and Tourism Level I and Construction Level II.

The Programme is a specialised 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 Trainees will be exposed to the real world of work and Life Skills Training while at the same time learning a Technical Skill to gain sustainable employment.  This programme has exposed over 20,000 unemployed nationals to occupational skills training within the Construction, Hospitality and Tourism Sectors.


Framework
The MuST Programme is a work based training programme. This means that the actual work which is being done facilitates the training process.

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

Within the Programme Framework, three weeks’ orientation prior to work-site placement, all Trainees undergo an Attitudinal Audit as a result of the nature of the respective sector.
One week’s orientation prior to work-site placement, all Trainees are tested for marijuana, cocaine and extreme levels of alcohol.  The drug and alcohol testing is done for occupational health and safety purposes.


Target
The MuST Programme targets unemployed nationals between the ages of 17 - 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 / Hospitality Technologies and work practices.
  • Nationals are certified to the Caribbean Vocational Qualification Scheme.
  • Training empowers nationals thus making them employable or self-employed.


Other Benefits
Trainees will be exposed to:

  • Volunteerism Projects
  • Field Trips to Industries
  • Educational Tours
  • Visits to MIC-IT’s other Training centres for practical classes.
  • Periodic Internal and External (NTA) Assessments as required.


Core Courses (Select Only 1)
Hospitality & Tourism (Level I)
Construction (Level II)


Hospitality & Tourism: Level I
Registered Level I 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 inclusive of a three (3) week in-house Orientation at their centre.

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 and one day they retreat to an off-site Centre where they undergo Technology and Life Skills Training.  On-site placement, trainees work alongside skilled workers and are monitored daily by their Instructor.

Hospitality and Tourism training covers 10 Occupational Skills Area which trainees are allowed to select one:

  • General Office Administration (Office Clerk) – CVQ Level I
  • Commercial Food Preparation (Cookery) – CVQ Level I
  • Housekeeping (Houseman) – CVQ Level I
  • Housekeeping (Room Attendant)- TTNVQ Level I
  • Housekeeping (Laundry Attendant) – CVQ Level I
  • Front Office – Uniform Services (Bellman) – CVQ Level I
  • Bread, Cake and Pastry- TTNVQ Level I
  • Property Maintenance (Small Property)- CVQ Level I
  • Food and Beverage- Bar Service (Pottering) –TTNVQ Level I
  • Food and Beverage- Restaurant Service (Server)- TNNVQ Level I


The Ministry of Education provides each registered Hospitality and Tourism MuST Trainee with the following:

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

Course Duration: Six (6) Months, Full-Time.

Cost: Government Funded (Free for Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago).

Entry Requirements:

  • National/ Resident of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Between 17 and 50 years of age.
  • Copy of Identification Card
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • 2 Passport sized Photos
  • Bank Account number
  • NIS number

 Certification upon successful completion: Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Level I.


Construction: Level II
MuST Level II Trainees are exposed to specialised skilled worker training in the Construction Sector. Trainees work independently for a period of nine (9) months based on National Occupational Standards. They spend four (4) days per week on Construction sites and one day they retreat to an off-site Centre where they undergo Life Skills, Construction Calculation, Technical Drawing and Construction Technology.
Construction training covers 5 Occupational Skills Areas which trainees are allowed to select one:

  • Electrical Installation
  • Welding
  • Plumbing
  • Carpentry
  • Masonry

The Ministry of Education provides each registered Construction MuST Trainee with the following:

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

Course Duration: Nine (9) months, Full-Time.

Cost: Government Funded (Free for Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago).

Entry Requirements:

  • Completion of a Level I Construction Programme or Eighteen (18) months experience in relevant skill area is preferred.
  • National/ Resident of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Between 17 and 50 years of age.
  • Copy of Identification Card
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • 2 Passport sized Photos
  • Bank Account number
  • NIS number

Certification upon successful completion: Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Level II.

Locations:

  • Chaguanas Technology Centre
  • Laventille Technology Centre
  • Mt. Grace Technology Centre
  • Tunapuna Technology Centre

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