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Trinidad and Tobago Civilian Conservation Corps: Programme Design

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.


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.


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).


Programme Information


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.



Each course cycle lasts six (6) months.



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.


Trainee Selection

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.


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.


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Courses Offered

Adult Literacy,
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration,
Auto Electrical,
Auto Mechanic,
Building Maintenance,
Child Care,
Clerical Assistant,
Computer Literacy,
Computer Repairs,
Computer Training,
Culinary Arts,
Electrical Installation,
(Basic) Food Preparation,
Front Desk Operations,
Geriatric Nursing,
Graphic Design/Desktop Publishing,
Adobe Graphic Design,
Hairdressing and Cosmetology,
Interior Decorating,
Microsoft Office Specialist,
Physical Training,
Public Relations,
Secretarial Skills,
Welding, Fabrication and Pipework,
Wood Work.

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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.