Senior Technical Officer of the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council Paul Puckerin is reporting a significant demand for the services of that standards and qualifications body.
And he has promised that officials of the TVET Council would continue to review the programmes in order to maintain high quality.
Among other things, the TVET Council is the awarding body for the National and Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (NCVQs) and the industry setting body for industry practices in Barbados.
“Since the launch of our NCVQ programme in May 2012 and with the stimuli of the Competency Based Training Fund in 2014 we have seen a significant demand for our services. We have had an increase from ten approved centres to 53, of which 26 are now training and delivering NCVQs across Barbados,” Puckering told the fourth graduation ceremony for the Youth in Agriculture Farm Programme, yesterday.
Puckering stressed that although the programme was “rapidly expanding every year” officials of the TVET Council were cognizant of the need to ensure the high quality was maintained.
He added that as a result of the increasing demand for the TVET Council’s services officials have started to embark on “a development of a malpractice and procedures policy, which when finalized, will seek to set the framework for how the quality of training and assessment within a centre must be maintained and protect the integrity of our status and awarding body”.
He stated that every effort would be made to carry out a full review of the programme at the end of this year to identify areas for improvement, and ensure that special plans were put in place for 2016.