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Non-contributory Social Protection Programmes Database
Latin America and the Caribbean
Unemployment Relief Programme (2010- )



Date: 2010-
Web: Official website of the programme
Description: The Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) provides short-term employment to unemployed citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. The programme is also designed to enhance the entrepreneurial skills of individuals and community groups and to assist in the delivery of small-scale projects in various communities.


Target population: Unemployed people of 18 years or older
Area of intervention: Technical and professional training
Direct job creation
Geographic scale: National
Targeting method: Categorical (18 years or older at the date of registration, unemployed, possess a valid Trinidad and Tobago identification card)
Comments: There is no limit to the length of time an individual can remain on the programme but the programme is designed to assist workers by providing temporary employment and helping got develop their skills so that they can re-enter the workforce within a reasonable time period.


Legal framework:
Responsible organization(s): Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government
Executing organization(s): Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government
Source of funding: Government of Trinidad y Tobago

Core Employment

Recipient(s): All programme participants
Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Comments: Community groups such as churches and schools undertaking small projects can apply for assistance through the Core Employment component.
Description: The unemployed are provided with work on a rotation basis, every two to three fortnights (four to six weeks). A stipend is paid to individuals to assist them financially, however, the payment should not be considered a salary. Persons employed through the URP are not entitled to any employment benefits or vacation leave.


Women participants

Recipient of the transfer: Direct participant
Description: It provides training for women while they are employed in areas such as crafts, furnishings, cleaning, painting, community work, geriatric care and beautification of surroundings. Training courses last for six weeks with working hours of 9.00am to 2.00pm, these working hours are designed to facilitate other commitments.


Special Projects Delivery

Recipient(s): Community groups
Description: This component provides community groups such as churches and schools with assistance for small, medium, and large-scale projects that take more than six weeks to be completed. Special projects are awarded to contractors within the constituency who will provide both the labour and materials for the project. Contractors are recruited for a variety of projects, beautification works and repair works to damaged community property.




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