The Trinidad and Tobago Civilian Conservation Corps programme model is based on noted psychologist Kurt Lewin’s Model of Change, which consists of three phases, namely, (i) unfreezing, (ii) transformation and (iii) refreezing.
During the first two (2) months of each cycle, all trainees nationwide participate in a synchronised induction (unfreezing) programme that is unique to the CCC. Phase I aims to:
- lay the foundation for creating positive attitudinal change in the trainees,
- empower trainees to better understand the challenges of adult life and to appreciate that there are ways to meet and beat these challenges, and
- encourage trainees to better understand themselves and relate well to others.
For the next three and one-half (3 ½) months, trainees learn on-the-job skills in one vocational skill of their choice. Trainees also gain numerous opportunities to actively practice the values, attitudes, behaviours and techniques they learned in Phase I.
The last two (2) weeks of each cycle involves reinforcing (refreezing) the positive attitudes and attributes trainees learned. The trainees attend The World of Work seminars, and learn about Business Development (hosted jointly with NEDCO, the National Entrepreneurship Development Company).
To positively alter attitudes and behaviours of socially marginalized young citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
To transform socially marginalised young adults into empowered citizens and improve their quality of life through the use of best practices in developing their self esteem, employability, sensitivity to the natural environment and sense of national pride.
Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago aged 16 to 25 years.
Cycle I: October - March.
Cycle II: April - September.
The Civilian Conservation Corps is funded by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Civilian Conservation Corps is staffed by active and retired members of the Ministry of National Security’s Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force.
The Civilian Conservation Corps specifically seeks to attract citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who:
- are 16 - 25 years old,
- have low levels of formal education,
- are only marginally involved in community activities, and as such,
- are less likely to succeed in our society.
Consequently, during the selection period, CCC recruiting staff give preference to applicants who:
- have limited or no academic or vocational qualifications,
- have little or no work experience,
- come from single-parent or no-parent households,
- possess low self esteem, and/or
- are at risk of being delinquent or susceptible to criminal activity.
The CCC programme is unique in another important aspect. Upon graduation, a select group of successful graduates also gain the opportunity to be recruited as CCC junior staff in the positions of Junior Team Commanders and Assistant Team Commanders (to read more about JTCs and ATCs, click here).
These graduates interact with trainees, and exhibit the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that the programme seeks to instil in new trainees. This particular aspect of our programme has been successful especially because these junior staff members act as role models for new trainees.
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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration,
(Basic) Food Preparation,
Front Desk Operations,
Graphic Design/Desktop Publishing,
Adobe Graphic Design,
Hairdressing and Cosmetology,
Microsoft Office Specialist,
Welding, Fabrication and Pipework,
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conservation and agriculture,
entrepreneurship and financial literacy,
HIV/AIDS through drug abuse,
incest and rape,
obeying the law,
occupational health and safety,
self esteem building,