The agency established to prepare Barbadians for the world of work and business, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Council (TVET) will perform its “vital” role from new offices in Hastings House West, Balmoral Gap, Hastings, Christ Church.
Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development Dr Esther Byer officially declared the office open today, stressing the need for the improvement of skills among the workforce in order to boost productivity.
The council establishes standards and qualifications for Barbados’ technical and vocational education and training, including all programmes and courses that contribute towards the development of the knowledge, technical skills, attitudes, and core skills essential to being competitive in the world of work, according to its website.
“ Education has been very important in the early decades of our development, especially our post independence development. Education has taken us to this stage, but vocational training is really where we need to take our country to the next stage. We talk a lot about productivity and we talk a lot about a lack of productivity. When workers are skilled in the work they want to do employers get the best out of them. This is where our TVET Council comes in, helping persons to acquire the skills to give of their best. Education and training are separate but they are complementary, they both speak to the preparation and development of the workforce,” Dr Byer said.
“As a country, we now have to focus more on training. That is why the TVET Council Act was passed in 1993 and the council was established under the Ministry of Labour in 1994. TVET works closely with the Ministry of Education. TVET was established to manage training in Barbados and to assist in bringing cohesion in education and training.”
Byer told the audience, which included Executive Director of the TVET Council Henderson Eastmond, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the TVET Council Dr Hensley Sobers and several members of staff that the policies pursued by the local TVET Council was part of an international policy of standardizing education and training.
She said the agency had developed 47 National Vocational Qualifications standards; validated 60 Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) competence-based certifications for local use and approved 45 assessment centres of which 22 are currently delivering National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) and CVQs.
She added that the TVET Council had also facilitated the training of approximately 281 persons on how to deliver competence- based education and training.
In addition, the Minister of Labour disclosed that another 80 persons had been trained in conducting competence-based assessment and had attained the CVQ in assessment level four for specialized or supervisory workers. (NC)