Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

TVET Council engages managers in preparation for offering CVQ certification

Over the last few weeks the Education Ministry has moved forward with discussions on improving the delivery of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Guyana. Today the Council for TVET and the Caricom-Education for Empowerment Project/ Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) hosted at workshop at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) where focus was placed on quality assurance requirements for the delivery of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ).

DSC 00221The one-day session was attended by the principals and deputy principals of the technical institutes, administrators, chief instructors, managers, officers and monitors of TVET. These participants represented the Georgetown and Linden Technical Institutes, Kuru Kuru Training Centre, Guysuco Training Centre and the Board of Industrial Training.

It is anticipated that the workshop will give the participants insight into what is expected from the institutions that will be readied to offer the CVQ certification.

Director – Council for TVET, Sydney Walters outlined several critical areas geared at moving TVET recognition further ahead. These include the establishment of a national training policy, use of regional occupational standards for development of curriculum, establishment of an assessment strategy, training of line management functionaries, practice of clinical supervision, acquisition of adequate facilities, development and implementation of certification qualifications, develop systems for storage and retrieval of records and monitoring and evaluation.

Walters noted that the TVET Council has audited the post secondary institutions in preparation for another audit which will be done by CANTA later this year. The workshop therefore is timely and will serve to remind the participants of their responsibilities.

Manager – Technical Services, TVET Council Barbados, Wendy McLean in her presentation, from the onset, emphasised that TVET is finally getting the recognition it deserves this is satisfying to those who have laboured to elevate it to where it is today.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) managers gathered at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) for a workshop in preparation for Guyana’s offering of the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ).She explained that apart from the link between skills and economic development and the growing demand for competency based education and training, it is the leadership of key entities that has helped to take TVET to the centre of social and economic development.

McLean was making reference to Caricom, through the Council for Human and Social Development which established a regional coordinating mechanism for TVET, and for supporting the value of this discipline by entering into partnerships aimed at strengthening TVET systems such as the Caribbean Education for Employment programme, CANTA and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

She indicated that the latter has several projects ongoing in the Caribbean that support the development and strengthening of TVET institutions. However, the effort to sustain this can only be achieved by the champions in the systems (the participants) to ensure that the TVET institutions deliver a workforce training that is sustainable, relevant and of a high quality. Those requirements are expected to produce students outfitted with the necessary skill-set, behaviours and are able to compete with others in their field.

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