11 August The NESC Partners with the Energy Chamber to develop Energy Sector Skills August 11, 2016By Website Administrator News and Information, Press Releases Drilling Academy, Energy Chamber, MOU, PLAR, PLIAP 0 On Monday, 23rd May the National Energy Skills Center (NESC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago to collaboratively address the skills development needs of persons in the energy sector who may be without formal training or qualifications. The NESC and the Chamber will provide a simple approach to the measurement of their existing skills, using the technology and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process of the Workforce Assessment Centers and will facilitate the award of recognized certification which can be used by industry to verify competencies. Where there are identified skills gaps the NESC and the Chamber will work jointly to develop modular training units to close these gaps. The MOU also speaks to the joint promotion and expansion of the Point Lisas Industrial Apprenticeship Programme (PLIAP) as the mechanism for facilitating new skilled entrants into the Energy Sector. The PLIAP Programme which currently targets graduates of the NESC and other Technical Vocational Institutions will include from 2016, the first cohort of graduates of the NESC Drilling Academy at Ste. Madeleine. This partnership with the Energy Chamber is another example of the NESC's commitment to building and strengthening affiliations with Industry. The NESC looks forward to working with the Energy Chamber and Industry Partners in fulfilling its role as the premier technical training provider to the Energy Sector and together, developing a cadre of highly skilled and competent Journeymen for the industry.