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On June 14, 2024, Chief Personnel Officer Commander Dr. Daryl Dindial convened with Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), to formalise a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) aimed at advancing staff development within the Personnel Department.


The MoA outlines UWI's commitment to provide training opportunities for eight graduate On-the-Job Trainees (OJTs) from the Ministry of Labour assigned to the Personnel Department. Specifically, these OJTs will benefit from four online sessions of the course "Leading Innovation in the Digital Economy," a cornerstone of UWI’s Strategic Leadership and Innovation MSc Programme, offered at no cost to the State. Dr. Dindial expressed appreciation for UWI's initiative, acknowledging the Principal and the Faculty of Social Sciences for facilitating this professional development opportunity.


Under the agreement, the Personnel Department and UWI pledge to equip OJTs with practical insights and hands-on experience in strategic and operational activities. This training aims to enrich their academic knowledge and enhance their practical skills, supporting their career growth aspirations.


Dr. Dindial highlighted additional collaborative efforts with UWI’s Business Development Unit (BDU), where over 100 staff members received specialised training across various programmes. He commended the BDU's agility in addressing training needs through thorough analysis and targeted interventions to bridge competency gaps effectively.


The Chief Personnel Officer also recognised the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s pivotal role in advancing staff development initiatives through the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP). This funding has strategically aligned with the Personnel Department’s goals, empowering employees to excel within their roles and contribute significantly to the broader public sector’s success.


Dr. Dindial underscored the importance of ongoing partnerships and investments in human capital development for Trinidad and Tobago's sustainable workforce and economic progress. He extended gratitude to UWI for their collaborative spirit and wished the OJTs continued success in their future endeavours.


This partnership marks a significant stride towards fostering a skilled and empowered workforce capable of driving innovation and excellence in public service delivery.

Chief Personnel Officer Commander Dr. Daryl Dindial and Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine flanked by OJTs assigned to the PD, staff of the University of the West Indies and Ministry of Labour.

Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine engages the Department’s OJTs subsequent to the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement at the Office of the Personnel Department.