18 Internal and External Assessors Trained in Caribbean Vocational Qualification

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Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Stephenson Hyacinth

A total of 18 internal and external assessors are now “Caribbean vocational qualified”, after they completed training, in preparation for Technical and Vocational Education (TVET), being introduced at secondary schools Island-wide.

The aim of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification training is to develop the ideal Caribbean worker, certified by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), that define the core work of an occupation area, consistent with the level articulated within the regional qualification framework.

Speaking at the certificate ceremony on Wednesday June 19th, Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Stephenson Hyacinth, says the CVQ will be introduced in the new school year beginning with a pilot programme.

“Our students in Dominica cannot afford to lag behind other students in the Caribbean and the World, and we must prepare them to be competitive in this global market.”

vlcsnap-2013-06-20-13h46m27s99“Education systems in the Caribbean have realized that, if they are to remain effective they must respond to demands and needs of the market place,” added Mr. Hyacinth.

According to the Chief Education Officer, TVET is an excellent educational option, providing the knowledge and skills needed in the workplace, with a greater livelihood of leading a related employment and excellent earning opportunities.

Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Honourable Petter St. Jean explained, skill training is essential as we begin to realize economic growth – a reduction in poverty – decreased unemployment rates and promote sustainable development.

In the new knowledge economy, skills and credentials in specific areas of technical expertise are proving more and more valuable to the global citizen, in their search for employment.

The Dominica Grammar School will pilot the CVQ programme in food preparation and cosmetology – the North East Comprehensive School in crop production, and the Goodwill Secondary School in garment production.

vlcsnap-2013-06-20-13h46m19s13“We have also sought to prepare our schools to function effectively as CVQ Centers, through the procurement of equipment and materials to well over three million dollars, under the Dominica Education Enhancement Project.”

“This investment will also jumpstart and continue with programmes in furniture making, plumbing, physical education, electricity and electronics among others,” Mr. St. Jean explained.

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