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National Training Agency

UNEVOC Centre (National Body) since 2019

Established in 1999, the National Training Agency (NTA) serves as the single, national institution with full responsibility and authority for the planning, co-coordinating and regulation of technical and vocational education and training in Trinidad and Tobago. The NTA fulfills this mandate via:

i. The promotion of technical and vocational education and training,

ii. The identification of training needs based upon labour market research,

iii. The establishment and maintenance of national occupational standards for TVET,

iv. The establishment and maintenance of a national qualifications framework for TVET,

v. The development of a quality assurance and accreditation mechanism for TVET,

vi. Collaboration and consultation with relevant training institutions, professional bodies and employers,

vii. The rationalisation of skills training to minimise duplication and overlap,

viii. The development, maintenance and regulation of a system of apprenticeship and traineeship,

ix. The collaboration with stakeholders to develop and implement programmes or systems to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and the satisfaction of market demands, and

xi. Advising key stakeholders on matters related to TVET.

Overall, the NTA's role in education and training is to ensure that Trinidad and Tobago has a workforce that is certified, competent, innovative, enterprising and entrepreneurial, and capable of contributing to the continued development of Trinidad and Tobago.


To be a key facilitator for the development of a highly skilled, enterprising and globally competitive workforce, in support of the sustainable economic and social development of Trinidad and Tobago. Moreover, NTA aims to regulate and harmonise the quality, relevance and efficiency of the national TVET system.


The objectives of the NTA are to

  • Strengthen the national TVET landscape and programmes through close collaboration with key stakeholders to increase industry relevance, student access and portability of qualifications,
  • Become a stronger knowledge-based leader in the TVET space and so facilitate improved programme delivery and alignment,
  • Enhance the quality assurance and accreditation capacity in the TVET system of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Conduct timely and relevant market driven and TVET research,
  • Establish and promote national occupational standards,
  • Develop and strengthen quality assurance mechanisms, and
  • Improve the acceptance and attractiveness of TVET.

Regular tasks

  • Formulate relevant TVET policies and plans,
  • Establish management mechanisms for TVET development,
  • Conduct labour market research,
  • Set national occupational standards of competence,
  • Develop National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)
  • Support the quality enhancement efforts of training providers,
  • Establish Quality Management Systems for TVET providers,
  • Promote and support the use of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) systems, and
  • Provide career guidance support and educational campaigns.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
  Secondary focus
Developing knowledge
  Secondary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
  Secondary focus
  Secondary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
  Secondary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
   Interested to learn
   Interested to learn
OER and Online Learning
  Interested to contribute
Equity of access in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Gender equality in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Fostering entrepreneurship
  Interested to contribute
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
   Interested to learn

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
Highly interested
Knowledge development
  Moderately interested
Workshops and conferences
  Moderately interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
  Moderately interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
  Moderately interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
  Moderately interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
Highly interested

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National Training Agency (NTA)
140-142 Mulchan Seuchan Road
501345 Chaguanas
Trinidad and Tobago



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Dr. Patrice Parris Searles
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28 January 2021
TVET Webinar
The NTATT kicked off its 1st webinar for 2021, focusing on "Tripartite Approaches to Skills Development", presented by Dr. Paul Comyn - Senior Skills & Employability Specialist, ILO. The session covered the importance of social dialogue in skills systems and tripartite approaches.
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