All scholars are required to serve their obligation in accordance with the terms in their scholarship agreement. Placement and employment of scholars are governed by the “Policy on the Placement and Employment of Government Scholars”.
Public officers are required to return to their substantive positions and may apply for promotion through Service Commissions Department. In an effort to support the employment of scholars who are Non-Public Officers, the Ministry have developed the Associate Professional Programme. Medical Scholars are required to report to the Ministry of Health to be placed on the Medical Internship Programme.
The Associate Professional Programme
The Associate Professional (AP) Programme is designed to employ scholars, on contract, as an Associate Professional in the Public Sector of Trinidad and Tobago. It is directed to scholars who have completed their studies but have not been placed in established positions by the Service Commissions Department or employed on contract within the the Ministry of Education.
This Programme is a transitionary one, geared specifically towards training and exposing returning scholars to the world of work and equipping them with specific leadership and professional skills. It is intended to make scholars more marketable and better prepared to handle the work environment.
The SATD assigns Scholars as Associate Professionals to various Ministries, Departments and other Public Sector Agencies where there are critical human resources gaps. They may be asked asked at any time to consider transitioning into vacant positions.
This programme was established in an effort to allow the Ministry of Education (MOE), Scholarships and Advanced Training Division (SATD) to:
- Give scholars the opportunity to be exposed to a high level of support and development when starting their career and serving their Obligation to the GoRTT.
- Allow Ministries/Agencies to review the knowledge and skills of the returning scholars and prepare for their transition to positions (whether established or contract positions) in the organization.