Minister of Labour and Small and Micro-Enterprise Development Errol McLeod says Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies (CCLCS) sought to provide a quality education to remove the working-class man from being a “mere drawer of water and hewer of wood”.
McLeod made the comment while delivering the feature address at the accreditation-signing ceremony between Cipriani College and the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).
The college is located at Valsayn but the signing took place at Hyatt Regency, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, yesterday. The theme was “Celebrating Recognition and Institutional Best Practices”.
Among those present were ACTT executive director Michael Bradshaw and chairman Dr Michael Dowlath. They were joined by CCLCS officer-in-charge and director Wendy Augustus; chairman/Board of Governors Joseph Remy and deputy chairman/historian Dr Jerome Teelucksingh.
As the institution gears up for its 47th anniversary, McLeod said: “Cipriani was established to move the working man from a ‘mere drawer of water and hewer of wood’ to an education that would have him identify with an ability to more adequately and more properly articulate the requirements that will contribute to the development of our people, society and economy.”
He added: “We had this opportunity to engage in learning about labour management, industrial relations and co-operative issues. Over the years, it has been instrumental in promoting trade union ideals and values by empowerment of workers.
“Knowledge is critical in the Government’s promotion of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Agenda. Decent work is a process in which workers’ rights are incorporated into administrative policy.”
McLeod also said he was “delighted” at Cipriani’s move to become fully-accredited since graduates will find their qualifications were more recognised and transferable. Official recognition will increase students’ marketability in the workplace and place them on par with other tertiary organisations, including UWI and COSTATT.
Remy said the accomplishment of institutional accreditation was not a “one-man accomplishment” but a demonstration of teamwork and camaraderie. He said the college was on its way to becoming a leading provider of affordable tertiary educational opportunities for citizens who may not have been afforded an opportunity through the mainstream tertiary educational sector.