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CVQs to be introduced to secondary schools

2/19/2009

The local TVET Council is collaborating with the Ministry of Education, to introduce Level 1 CVQs to secondary schools.

That was the word coming recently from Senator Arni Walters, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Immigration.
The Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) are the regional equivalent to the National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) currently offered by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council. The present NVQ programme is a competence-based assessment and certification programme that will serve as the foundation of workforce training and development in Barbados and throughout CARICOM.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are qualifications that reflect the skills, knowledge and understanding an individual possesses in relation to a specific area of work.

The NVQ will signify that the person to whom it is awarded has met the established national standards for an occupational or work role and the same will apply for the CVQ, which will be recognised at the regional level.

According to Walters, the CVQs will provide the occupational standards from which the curricula will be designed and against which assessment will be conducted. Schools will also be provided with “facilities standards” as well, to ensure that students are trained and assessed in a realistic work environment.

In addition, the TVET Council will be assisting with the training and certification of teachers, as assessors for the CVQ programme.

Walters also stated that the TVET Council is working closely with the Barbados Community College, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and the Barbados Vocational Training Board as well as private training assessment centres, to increase the number of training programmes based on occupational standards and leading to the National Vocational Award.

“The Ministry of Labour fully supports this effort and will be encouraging the support and involvement of related ministries and departments,” he also acknowledged.

The TVET Council, Walters said, will also seek continued collaboration with other key stakeholders, including the Barbados Employers’ Confederation, the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and the Barbados Manufacturers’ Association, to name a few. (RSM)

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