The Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) for the first time since its inception in 2003, will hold its general meeting in Dominica.
It is being hosted by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development at the Fort Young Hotel on December 12 and 13.
It will bring to Dominica some of the Caribbean’s leading minds in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
There will be champions of TVET from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts/Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, The Caribbean Examinations Council and representatives of the Canadian funded project, CARICOM – Education for Employment (C-EFE).
CANTA is an association of national training agencies and other TVET apex bodies in CARICOM states established in 2003.
The founding members are Barbados TVET Council, Jamaica Heart Trust National Training Agency and Trinidad and Tobago National Training Agency. CANTA is endorsed as the implementation arm of the CARICOM Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) for TVET.
CANTA’s two major goals are (1) to promote the development of a competitive regional workforce, and (2) to facilitate free movement of certified skilled workers within the CSME. Its leading objectives are to
• Ensure uniform provision of competency based training, assessment and certification
• Establish a regional certification scheme – Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ)
• Promote career and vocational guidance throughout the CSME
• Support a regional labour market information system
• Promote lifelong learning and the image and status of TVET in the region
The Minister for Education and Human Resource Development is exceptionally elated that this historic meeting is taking place in Dominica at this time. Minister St. Jean sees the meeting as timely because of his ministry’s current pursuit to deliver CVQ’s at its secondary schools. Currently, CVQ’s are being piloted in three secondary schools in Dominica – Dominica Grammar School, Goodwill Secondary School and North Eastern Comprehensive School. The Minister will host a special cocktail to officially welcome the CANTA delegates and allow them to sample Dominica’s cuisine and culture.
Chairman of the Dominica TVET Council, Eddison Henry, sees the meeting as an opportunity to promote and market the value of TVET to the citizens of Dominica as a transformative foundation on which Dominica’s workforce and economy can confidently sustain its competitiveness in this dynamic new global era.