Minister of Trade, Energy and Employment, Ian Douglas said Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) will triumph in Dominica and become a household name.
Douglas who also represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made that statement while addressing a two-day ‘Industry Linkage Forum’ held at the Fort Young Hotel on Wednesday.
The workshop is being organized by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development in collaboration with Caricom Secretariat, the Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities (CANTA) and the Dominica Technical and Vocational Education and Training Council (DTVETC).
It is aimed at sensitizing the public of the overall purpose and benefits of TVET, eliciting from all stakeholders an acknowledgement of the transforming power of TVET, and a commitment to the further development of TVET in Dominica.
The workshop will also create sustainable and meaningful partnership among industry, training institutions, trainers, administrators, policy makers for the development of a workforce which respond to the labour market requirements here in Dominica and the wider Caribbean.
“We have every confidence today that TVET will triumph in Dominica because the Minister of Education advocates at that level for the progression and the development of TVET, so that it becomes a household name and is embraced as a vehicle for workforce development and economic competitiveness,” he said. “Today we are sowing the seeds of this bountiful harvest…”
According to Douglas, the government has forged an alliance with Caricom and with CANTA to bring to light the Caribbean Qualifications Framework, where the Caribbean Vocational Framework will have pride of place, much like Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).
He stated further that CXC has become a household name.
“Nobody has to ask what CXC means we are very much familiar with the name and that is what we want TVET to accomplish in our social space in going forward,” he noted. “It is necessary for all of us as stakeholders including, we the government of policy makers, the financers especially in the private sector, TVET practitioners and the trainees in the industry to meet as we are doing here to engage in a discuss on how we can place our collaborate shoulders to the wheel, to make TVET the economic driver in our region, and we need that impetus for economic development going forward.”
Meantime Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean said, “It is my hope that this forum will provide the Ministry of Education with valuable input in developing a sustainable and relevant framework by which TVET institutions can meet the needs of the industry.”
According to him, Caricom heads have approved the award of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) which was served as a catalyst for free movement of technical skills within the region.
“I believe that it is, therefore, essential that we design a system by which certifiable skill and competencies can be nurtured, developed and enhanced so that we maintain the desired standard and quality which are found elsewhere in the Caribbean region,” Saint Jean stated. “In so doing we will be able to attract equal consideration for opportunities which present themselves throughout the Caricom region.”