Government of Trinidad and

National Employment Service (NES) FAQs

What is the National Employment Service (NES)
The National Employment Service (NES) is a publicly funded division of the Ministry of Labour that was strategically developed to focus on employment across Trinidad and Tobago. The Overseas Employment Unit is under the purview of the National Employment Services (NES), and provides an avenue for seasonal agricultural employment in Canada under the Commonwealth/Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers' Programme. 

What is the aim & purpose of the National Employment Service? 
The aim and purpose of the National Employment Services (NES)? is to change the way companies recruit applicants by searching for qualified jobseekers from the NES database and for jobseekers, it brings them in contact with employers, at absolutely no cost. 

Why is the National Employment Service (NES) important
The National Employment Services (NES) assist all organizations, both private and public sector in the recruitment and selection processes. 

The services provided include:  

• Facilitating the traditional job referral activities to our walk- in clients. 

• Assisting clients with online registration. 

• Providing personalised employment/career counselling. 

• Recruiting and Selecting T&T Citizens to work on agricultural holdings in Canada. 

• Posting of vacancies on our website, social media feeds and bulletin boards. 

• Supporting services for displaced persons through our “Adversity to Opportunity” Programme. Services are inclusive of referrals for employment, counselling, retraining, up-skilling and entrepreneurial opportunities. 

• Conducting World of Work workshop/seminars to secondary, tertiary and technical and vocational institutions, focusing on topics relevant to career guidance, cover letter and résumé writing, interview preparation and mock interview sessions. 

• Partnering with governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in outreach activities. 

How can a job seeker apply for a job
They can visit any NES office, applicants must provide the following:

  • Picture ID
  • Electronic Birth Certificate 
  • Marriage Certificate (if applicable) 
  • Two (2) recent recommendations 
  • A prepared/updated résumé 
  • All academic/skills training certificates.

How can an employer post a job vacancy with the NES
Employers can call or email their vacancy details and it will be posted on our social media feeds as well as the bulletin boards.

Where can you visit and contact the National Employment Service?
There are eight (8) National Employment Services (NES) offices strategically located throughout Trinidad and Tobago for ease of accessibility. Office hours are: 

  • Mondays to Thursdays- 8 am to 4.15 pm 
  • Fridays- 8 am to 4.00 pm 


  • Port-Of-Spain 
    Duke Place, Level 1 
    50-54 Street, Port-of-Spain 
    Tel: 299-0300 
    Fax: 623-2350 


  • San Fernando 
    Hosein's Building
    40-42 St. James Street
    Tel: 662-1350 Tel/Fax: 652-3181/285-5133 
  • Siparia
    Siparia Administrative Complex 
    Cor. Allies Street & SS Erin Road 
    Tel/Fax: 649-0982 

  • Point Fortin 69 Southern Main Road  
    Tel: 648-2660/6740 

  • La Brea 
    NESC Compound, 
    Southern Main Road, Vessigny Village. 
    Tel: 387-0859 

  • Sangre Grande 
    Brierly Street 
    Tel/Fax: 668-1413 

  • Chaguanas 
    Corner John & Lange Streets 
    Tel: 672-7706 
    Fax: 665-6658 

  • Tobago 
    TAM Building, Lot #2, Glen Road
    Tel: 387-0856 

Level 1, Duke Place 
50-54 Duke Street 
Tel: 299-0300 / 625-1504 

Who can apply for the Farm Programme?
T&T Citizens between the ages 21 to 45 years old with a background in agriculture. Must have the ability to perform labour intensive work as well as work in extreme hot and cold conditions. 

What are the documents/prodedures for applying to the Farm Programme?
Interested candidates should apply in response to published advertisements (print and electronic as well as online). Picture ID/ Valid Passport, electronic birth certificate, two (2) recent recommendations. 

What is the time-frame of the Farm Programme?
This programme involves the temporary recruitment and selection of workers for varying periods, starting at six weeks to eight months throughout the year on Canadian Farms in the Provinces of Ontario and Alberta. 

To access the full Frequently Asked Questions on the National Employment Service (NES), please click the following:

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