The National Energy Skills Center (NESC) was established in 1997 with its primary objective being the building of the human resource capital of Trinidad and Tobago. It was envisaged then, as the solution to the need for a premier training provider to lead national training initiatives. This vision was based on the projected demands for certified craftsmen, arising out of the growth in the energy sector and consequently, the construction and related industries.
The NESC was established to be an autonomous training provider; linking State, Industry and International Institutions and has to date trained over twelve thousand (12,000) craftsmen and over 110,000 persons in Information and Communications Technology. The NESC had its genesis in a Trust Deed between the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Atlantic LNG Company Limited and was created to address the immediate and pressing demand for skilled personnel to work on the Atlantic LNG, Train 1 project. With the assistance of Dr. Tarry Slusher, a consultant from Bechtel (the contractor responsible for the construction ALNG Train I) the NESC developed curricula for its Welding (up to 6G code) and Pipefitting & Fabrication training programmes. This enabled the NESC to commence training at the former Trintoc Trade School in Mahaica Point Fortin.
Training Centres and Curricula
The NESC owns and manages nine (9) centres located across Trinidad and Tobago. These centres are located at: Point Lisas, Mayaro, La Brea, Point Fortin, Ste. Madeleine, Laventille, Tobago, Moruga and Debe.
The organisation conducts well over twenty nine-month programmes pertaining to Maintenance and Construction Trades as well as four (4) four-year apprenticeship programmes in Heavy Equipment Technician, Automotive Services Technician, Instrumentation and Industrial Maintenance (Millwright). In addition, the NESC conducts a national Information Technology and Communications (ICT) programme which has trained over 110,000 nationals of Trinidad and Tobago in Computer Literacy.