MIC-IT – Developing TVET for the Nation
April 22nd, 2021 | Related To: Private: MIC Institute of Technology
On April 12, 2021, Minister of Education, Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly visited the MIC Institute of Technology to meet with the Chairman, Board of Directors and Executive Management. Technical staff in the MIC-IT’s Training Division were tasked with presenting the findings of a Survey of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Facilities at Secondary Schools. As a veteran post-secondary tertiary level TVET provider, MIC-IT was engaged to execute assessments of eleven (11) Secondary Schools nationwide, regarding the training offered at Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Level.
The MIC-IT team was tasked with assessing and testing equipment in these schools. A total of eighty-eight (88) workshops and labs were evaluated to determine if any physical, mechanical or electrical defects existed. Recommendations regarding equipment and general facilities upkeep were also proffered to inform a pathway to a desired and sustainable level. Minister Gadsby-Dolly took the opportunity to reiterate the importance of TVET, starting at the secondary school level, and its impact on national development. The Minister also held discussions on possible future collaborations with MIC-IT and Secondary schools across the country. She also toured the Institution’s Advanced Manufacturing Workshop – the largest of its kind in T&T, the Mechatronics Lab and the Steelpan Manufacturing classrooms.
An agency of the Ministry of Education, MIC Institute of Technology (MIC-IT), offers Technical and Vocational Training, Industry Services and Construction Services. In 2014, MIC-IT became the first Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Institution in the country to become accredited by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).
As a premier training institution, MIC-IT offers a range of programmes including:
- Helping You Prepare for Employment (HYPE)
- Multi-Sector Skills Training (MuST)
- Industrial Craft Programme (ICP)
- National Skills Development Programme (NSDP)
- Mechatronics and Renewable Energy programmes
- Technical Vocational Instructor & Teacher Training (TVITT)
- Customised training such as our German-influenced NSDP and Master Craftsman Qualification (both accredited by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago).
Established in 1974, MIC-IT is the only tool and die making a workshop in the country to support the Manufacturing sector with the design and production of tools, dies and moulds. MIC-IT also operates as a commercial factory and is one of the leading providers of engineering solutions for the local and regional Industrial sector through its Design and Engineering, Plastics Services and Industrial Training.
The Construction arm of MIC-IT was launched in 2016 and with the help of its Trainees and skilled Instructors, MIC-IT provides high quality, low-cost building and maintenance solutions to the construction Industry. Our competitive advantage includes specialised training partnerships with institutions such as the German Chamber of Crafts and Trades and the American Welding Society where many of our experienced tradesmen and supervisors have been trained.
In March 2018, MIC-IT in collaboration with ProtoFabTT launched the Green-Tech Facility at the MIC-IT’s Penal Technology Centre for the purpose of hosting the Battery Regeneration Project. The sophisticated, portable device which regenerates used lead-acid batteries (auto, marine, sealed & deep cycle) is the Ion Hammer, an invention of ProtoFabTT owner, Ancel Bhagwandeen.