In order to enhance the technical skills of students the Ministry of Education will be implementing the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) programme in all government high schools this academic term.
“This programme seeks to ensure that students receive technical skill development in various areas and that they are more prepared to face the regional and global work market,” Minister of Education Petter St. Jean said. “In other words, on completion of high school these young people can be more marketable and ready for the job market by giving them a competitive advantage and being able to meet up with their Caribbean counterparts.”
Saint Jean explained that the introduction of the CVQ’s at secondary schools is in keeping with his Ministry’s vision of making technical education an important part of the school’s Curriculum.
CVQ is based on a competency based approach to training, assessment and certification. Students are expected to demonstrate competence in attaining occupational standards developed by practitioners, industry experts and employers.
It prepares students for employment and provides an alternative route to further or higher education.
CVQ is recognized in CARICOM and the rest of the world and will ensure that students are able to perform in the workplace. The implementation of the CVQ forms part of the Ministry of Education’s enhancement project.
Government has taken a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to fund the CVQ programs.
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