Government of Trinidad and

Labour Minister responds to Newsday article "OWTU sounds warning about OJT safety at T&TEC"

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - Friday 01 November 2019

Below is an official response to Ms. Judy Raymond by Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development on Wednesday 30 October 2019.


October 30, 2019

Ms. Judy Raymond
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
Pembroke Court
17-19 Pembroke Street
Port of Spain

Re: OWTU sounds warning about OJT safety at T&TEC

Dear Ms. Raymond,

Reference is made to an article published by your newspaper on Wednesday October 30, 2019; the title of which is the subject of this letter.

Within the article, the reporter indicated that “a reported recent directive from T&TEC Management to include OJT trainees in groups doing street light and power line repair is putting the trainees’ safety at risk”.

To date the On-The-Job Programme (OJTP) records for all regions (East, West, South, Central and also Tobago) do not indicate that any trainees have been assigned to the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) through the Programme.

While the OJTP is committed to developing the youth of the nation with the provision of opportunities for training through the acquisition of work based knowledge and industry specific experience, the Ministry is cognizant of the safety of all trainees. One of the standards implemented by the Ministry prior to the placement of any trainee to an organization is that the organization would be inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Authority (OSHA). This Programme continues to forge strategic alliances with private and public sector employers, creating job opportunities for young nationals in safe working environments.

In light of the foregoing, the Ministry is requesting a correction to the article, as it is misleading to the public at large. For more on the On the Job Training Programme, please visit our website at:

Yours in Service,

Senator the Honourable Jennifer Baptiste Primus
Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development