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Community Education (Skills Training) Programme

The Community Education (Skills Development) Programme is a major component of the Community Development Division’s portfolio of Social Action Programmes. It is designed to address the domestic needs of householders by equipping them with skills to enable them to engage in home-based production of goods and services that reduce household expenditure and allow for the more effective use of financial resources.


Basic Courses are sixty (60) hours duration, and the Advanced Courses are seventy-five (75) hours duration. Certificates of Participation/Completion are awarded based on:

  1. Attendance of at least 75% of class sessions.

  2. Evaluation of work completed during the course.

What does the programme aim to achieve?

The programme provides equitable educational opportunities for the people in local communities by harnessing their latent talents, skills and creative energies and re directing them into paths that lead to empowerment. 


The programme attempts to achieve three (3) major objectives:

  1. Domestic Support - Skills enable trainees to engage in home-based production of goods and services
    1. Reduce household expenditure
    2. Allow for more effective use of scarce financial resources
  2. Employment Generation
  3. Self-employment


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Who should apply?

This programme seeks to focus on the needs of householders, the unemployed, the under-employed, the vulnerable, the less fortunate and “at risk” in our society.

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How do I apply?

Advertisements are placed in the daily newspapers prior to the commencement of the training cycle, and provide information regarding the dates, times, and venues of the classes. Application forms are made available at Community Development Divisional offices throughout the country.  In cases where the communities are remotely situated, an officer will carry the forms to the communities for registration.  Application forms may also be obtained by following the link below.


Applicants are required to:

  • Complete application form
  • Produce National Identification Card/Driving Permit/Passport
  • Attend orientation exercise


Applications are processed and courses commence within one month of advertisement.

An orientation exercise is conducted on the first class day of each course for all applicants.

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Are there any fees?

Registration and participation are free of charge. However, participants are required to provide the required materials for courses in most instances. Where materials may be expensive (e.g. tiling, PVC furniture construction, welding), the basic tools and materials are provided especially for demonstration.

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Where to go?

The courses are conducted at Civic Centres, Community Centres, Regional Complexes and other public facilities. In cases where there are no public venues available, special permission is acquired to use a private residence.

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Are there any related services that may be of interest?

Any person who already possesses a skill can register in the Community Skills Bank. Such persons may be referred to employers who are seeking the particular skill. The Skills Bank is located at Community Development District Offices.

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Where can I find more information?

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Ministry of Community Development or by visiting the Ministry's website using the link provided below.

Ministry of Community Development
Community Development Division

#8 Jerningham Avenue

Queen's park East

Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 625-0639, 625-3012/3112

Fax. (868) 623-5988

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

Ministry of Community Development

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