A social intervention programme that provides skills training and attitudinal and behavioural development to at-risk youth across Trinidad & Tobago.


Trinidad and Tobago Civilian Conservation Corps: Overall Programme Design


Kurt Lewin’s three-phase concept:
unfreezing, transformation, refreezing.

Phase I: Unfreezing

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.

Phase II: Transformation

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 (transforming).

Phase III: Refreezing

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).


Trainee Selection

Unlike other vocational training programmes, the Civilian Conservation Corps specifically seeks to attract individuals who:
  • - are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago,
  • - 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 susceptable to criminal activity.


Courses Offered

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration,
Auto Electrical,
Auto Mechanic,
Building Maintenance,
CCC Literacy,
Child Care,
Clerical Assistant,
Computer Training,
Culinary Arts,
Electrical work,
Front Desk Operations,
Geriatric Nursing,
Interior Decorating,
Office Procedures,
Physical Training,
Public Relations,
Secretarial Work,
Wood Work.


Life Skills Learned

anger management,
conflict resolution,
conservation and agriculture,
disaster preparedness,
entrepreneurship and financial literacy,
gender issues,
goal setting,
HIV/AIDS through drug abuse,
incest and rape,
obeying the law,
occupational health and safety,
personal hygiene,
professional image,
proper parenting,
self esteem building,
sexual/reproductive health,
team building.



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.


An Important Opportunity

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.