OJT - The On-the-Job Training Programme

The On-the-Job Training Programme (OJTP) provides nationals of Trinidad and Tobago between the ages of sixteen (16) to thirty-five (35) with an opportunity to gain practical experience and work based training within organisations in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, thereby enabling those nationals to develop the necessary skills and attitudes for their entry into the world of work.  As of May 31st, 2017, the OJTP became a Division of the Ministry of Labour and Small Enterprise Development.

Trainee Application Requirements

Visit the office in your region professionally dressed between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the original and a photocopy of the following documents with you:
  • All academic certificates 
  • Birth certificate
  • National Identification Card 
  • Résumé
  • Utility bill for proof of address (This must be no older than 2 months; if not in the applicant’s name, a letter of authorization and copy of the account holder’s  national ID card are required)
Click here for the On-the-Job Training Program’s application form.

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Trainee Stipend Rates

The Programme facilitates the placement of trainees at the following stipend levels according to their qualifications:
Level 1 CXC, Craft Level Training $3,025.00
Level 2 CAPE, A Level, Diploma $4,356.00
Level 3 Associate Degree $5,445.00
Level 4 Undergraduate Degree $7,562.50
Level 5 Postgraduate Degree $8,712.00

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Are there any associated fees?

There are no fees for applying to or participating in the OJT Programme.

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Benefits of the Programme to Trainees

  • Hands on industry specific work experience
  • Academic and vocational skills matched with labour market needs
  • Professional skills development in preparation for the world of work
  • The duration of training allows for comprehensive learning and extensive exposure

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Training Provider Information

Benefits of the Programme to Training Providers

  • Private sector training providers are reimbursed 60% of the stipend paid to trainees by the organisation. 
  • For public sector training providers and NGOs the OJTP covers the stipend paid to trainees in full. 
  • Organisations would have already invested two years into delivering industry specific training and as such, would have the benefit of a pool of trained professionals from which they can recruit seamlessly.

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Registering as a Training Provider

Complete the ‘Employer Registration & Request’ form.

Submit the completed form and the job descriptions for the requested OJTs to the Placement and Marketing Officer II (PMO II) for the region. These documents can be scanned and submitted directly to the PMO II via email or dropped in to one of the OJTP’s satellite offices.  Visit for contact information on Placement and Marketing Officers II for geographical regions and the ‘Employer Registration & Request’ form.

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OJTP Office Locations

Head Office
Corner Chaguanas Main Road and Connector Road,
Tel: 671-7108
Ministry of Labour  Satellite Offices
Chaguanas Office
Corner John & Lange Streets, 
Montrose, Chaguanas
Tel: 665-6658

Point Fortin Office
69 Main Road, 
Point Fortin
Tel: 648-5810
Port of Spain Office  (Application and timesheet drop-offs only)
Levels 5 and 6, Tower C 
Int’l Waterfront Centre, 
Wrightson Road,
Port of Spain
Tel: 625-8478
San Fernando Office
40-42 St. James Street, 
San Fernando
Tel: 652-1350, 652-3181

Siparia Office
Siparia Administrative Complex, 
Corner Allis Street and SS Erin Road,
Tel: 649-0982
Tobago Office
Room 14, Ground Floor
Lot #2 Glen Road
Tel: 685-8187
Tunapuna Office
Anva Plaza, 
16-20 Eastern Main Road 
Tel: 645-8261

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