Students of Home Economics have been told that they are among those positioned to benefit from technical education training as that subject still remains in demand.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Harry Husbands, relayed this message yesterday as he welcomed over 150 delegates to the 20th biennial conference of the Caribbean Association of Home Economists.
The conference opened at the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus under the theme: Home Economics Empowerment: Education for Sustainable Lifestyles, and Husbands stressed that it was timely as the country was in the sixth year of a global economic crisis and the conference’s outcomes could enable students and families to overcome every-day concerns.
He told delegates: “In this the 21st century, there is a shift in the teaching of technical vocational subjects to focus on preparing students to acquire technical skills, core skills, knowledge and attitudes essential for preparing an individual for the world of work and business.
“Governments within the region are very supportive of this venture. Students of Home Economics are positioned to benefit from technical education training as it is a specialised area with varied skills that are in demand in the modern market.”
Emphasising that labour markets were becoming more specialised and demanding a higher level of competence, he said managers of businesses deemed it worthy to invest in individuals who had been exposed to technical and vocational educational training.
Recounting a story of a graduate with high honours but no job experience, Husbands stressed that Competency Based Education Training and Assessment would eliminate the shortfall any university graduate may encounter in obtaining necessary work experience.
Additionally, he signalled his own support for CBETA, Caribbean Vocational Qualifications and the National Vocational Qualifications, saying: “Students exposed to a programme of this nature should be ideal employees in the workplace.”