The Minister of Youth Development and National Service, the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds, is more than usually pleased to announce the recommencement of the Military-Oriented Youth Programme of Apprenticeship and Reorientation Training (MYPART). The recommencement took the form of a two-day orientation exercise, at the National Energy Skills Center (NESC), Rivulet Road, Point Lisas, Couva on Monday 18th January, 2021.
In 2020, like many other face-to-face programmes, the MYPART Programme was suspended, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Cadets of this MYPART cohort, completed Phase I of the Programme, over a three-month period in 2019; acquiring the basic competencies and social skills that are necessary to develop and function in a quasi-military environment.
“I am very thankful or the opportunity given to these young men! After the first three months of MYPART, there was so much change in my son regarding his discipline. I could truly see the change from boyhood to manhood,” said Mrs. Stacy Sutton, whose 16-year old son enrolled in the programme last year.
The decision was taken to recommence Phase II of the programme, which will run from January to June, 2021; and will provide the Cadets with an orientation to technical skills and an introduction to a Family Support Group.
Formerly a residential programme, this phase will continue with daily classes, in keeping with COVID-19 health guidelines. On completion of this Phase, the Cadets will then select a technical skill area for focused training, as they enter Phase III. This final Phase is expected to run from September 2021 to August 2022.
Mrs. Marcia London-McKellar- Deputy Permanent Secretary, expressed great satisfaction saying, “The fact that all twenty- two (22) of you are here to restart, is a testament to your resilience; and shows that you are well on your way to success.”
“MYPART started in May 2007 under the Ministry of National Security; it was then transferred to the Ministry of Education and at the start of Fiscal 2021, is now a programme of the Ministry of Youth Development and National Service,” explained Mr. Sean Ramrattan, Youth Officer III. “This new Ministry is committed to MYPART’s aim of Shaping Minds and Developing Skills, which we hope will create model citizens, who are not only job seekers, but job creators.”
Also speaking at the event were Mr. Anthony Nobbee- Programme Coordinator and Mr. Kern Dass - President of the NESC.
MYPART is a three-year programme which acts as a form of social intervention involving military and vocational training. The programme, is open to young men between the ages of 15 and 18 years. It is delivered in three phases and is geared toward encouraging positive character development.
The Ministry of Youth Development and National Service acknowledges that our youth are vital to the future development of Trinidad and Tobago; and as such, remain committed to supporting the delivery of the MYPART Programme.