NAIT celebrates 15-years of working with Cuba
Centro Nacional para la Certificacion Industrial opened in September 2000
NAIT this month celebrates 15 years of working with the Cuban government to provide essential trades training and certification to that country’s workforce.
The Centro Nacional para la Certificacion Industrial (CNCI, or the national centre for industrial certification) opened in September 2000, and has been supported since then by a partnership between NAIT and the Canadian International Development Agency (now Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada).
Initially, CNCI offered electrical and instrumentation courses to about 80 students. Over the years, it expanded to offer certification to supervisors, welding inspectors and inspectors of high-risk equipment, including pressure vessels, boilers, valves and piping. These certifications meet internationally-recognized standards.
The desire to participate in international and community development fueled NAIT’s interest in partnering with CNCI. It’s also presented opportunities for professional development. Over 145 NAIT instructors and specialists have worked in Cuba, while over 60 Cuban specialists have come to NAIT to learn and see first-hand how the polytechnic operates.
NAIT has also donated metal lathes, computers, electrical and instrumentation simulation panels and other equipment to CNCI. Setting up this equipment and helping to develop programs has taught NAIT staff the fundamentals of institution building.
- CNCI is known by locals as la escuela, or the school.
- The institute is located near the city of Cienfuegos, on Cuba’s south coast.
- It provides trades training and certification in high priority occupations.
- Over 15 years, with Government of Canada support, NAIT/CNCI have trained over 11,000 Cuban workers in 20 trades, technical and business programs.
George Andrews, NAIT vice president external relations
“This has been a true partnership between the people of Cuba, the government of Canada and NAIT. In addition to helping to provide economic sustainability to Cuba, the partnership has presented opportunities for NAIT staff to learn and grow. As a leading Canadian polytechnic, we value these international relationships.”
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