Education

At Atlantic, we believe that access to education and skills training is critical to development, and our partnerships in this area seek to address local needs and interests. These include both traditional and non-traditional paths, recognising that technical and vocational skills training creates additional opportunities for young people to access employment.

Point Fortin’s Finest Leadership Development Programme

Our Point Fortin’s Finest scholarship programme is our longest running programme. Established in 2000, Atlantic started a scholarship award programme for the top 10 students graduating from primary schools in Point Fortin. Students selected were the highest scoring in the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination.
Students from the very first cohort – the 2000 intake – have recently graduated from university with qualifications in medicine, business, computer science, geology, engineering and agriculture. One student was also interned during his maritime course on an LNG vessel.

To date, the number of students in the Point Fortin’s Finest Honour Roll stands at 179.

Atlantic National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) Skills Training

When Atlantic started this programme in Point Fortin in 2002, training was initially offered in areas relevant to Atlantic’s business – Welding and Fabrication, and Pipe Fitting. Training was later expanded to include courses related to construction, especially during the time of significant construction activity in the community. Courses in Tile Laying, Electrical Installation and Plumbing for example offered opportunities for

Other courses include Small Engine Repairs, Industrial Mechanical Maintenance and Sound Recording and Musical Production.

This programme supports technical and vocational skills training which provides greater opportunities for employment in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as opens up the door to entrepreneurship.

Atlantic/University of Trinidad and Tobago National Agricultural Business Training Programme

This programme was first established in 2010, in collaboration with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and was aimed at building the capacity of farmers in Point Fortin and environs to enable them to meet the challenges of a changing market. The 12-week course focuses on traditional elements of farming, but also incorporates skills to prepare the farmer for modern commercial enterprise.

The curriculum focuses on encouraging farmers to improve their Agribusiness Management skills, including financial literacy, marketing, internet skills and business plan development.

In 2013, this programme was expanded to include interested farmers from the wider national community to further stimulate the local agricultural sector. The programme seeks to address the issue of food security on a national level, by establishing and equipping agri-business enterprises to compete locally and regionally. Since its inception, farmers have been trained in a range of enterprises including Apiculture, Organic Farming and Animal Rearing.

Related link:
University of Trinidad and Tobago

Atlantic’s Ultimate Field Trip

In 2011, Atlantic forged a partnership which would provide an opportunity for students to access educational films in state of the art 3D technology at the Digicel IMAX Theatre in Woodbrook. Through this partnership, Atlantic became the official sole educational sponsor and Atlantic’s Ultimate Field Trip was born.

To date, the Atlantic Ultimate Field Trip has featured 13 educational films:

  • Hubble – about the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission
  • Born to Be Wild – about the impact of wildlife poaching and habitat encroachment
  • Under the Sea – about the impact of climate change on marine species
  • Space Station – about the 16-nation effort to build the International Space Station
  • To the Arctic – about animal survival in the perilous of Arctic region
  • The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea – about the complex network of the world’s coral reefs
  • Galapagos – about the islands and surrounding waters of the volcanic archipelago of Galapagos
  • Journey to the South Pacific – about the diverse marine ecosystem of the remote islands of West Papua
  • Madagascar – Island of Lemurs – about the island of Madagascar and the endangered species of lemurs
  • Forces of Nature – about the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Humpback Whales – about the mysteries of the giant humpback whale
  • Waking the T-Rex: The Story of Sue – about how scientists deciphered fossil clues to tell the story of the T-Rex named Sue
  • Dinosaurs Alive – about the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous period

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