Officials confident TVET will be successful in Dominica

tvetMinister 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.”

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  1. Me
    March 11, 2016

    Who was that clever Minister of education who did away with the Clifton Dupigny College?
    This sounds like a rebirth under a different name. Enough said.

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 10, 2016

    Technical & Vocational training last between six months, and one year depending on what one is taking! Except if in Dominica it goes beyond that time.

    Question is after six, nine or twelve months of training is completed; are you going to have positions open to place the graduating students?

    Just another bit of mystery, just another bit of hot air!

    Vocational training; is training someone to learn a trade over a short period of time, it facilitate people who are not college material, slow to learn, but has enough sense to perhaps learn a trade, or prep them for learning a trade.

  3. Leah Remy
    March 10, 2016

    Long overdue

    • March 11, 2016

      dominica has or had and is still doing training in those areas , the JSP PROGRAME DID THAT the junior secoundary program did so years ago the call’s center and more it just don’t have enough openings for the graduates

  4. Floridian diaspora
    March 10, 2016

    I wouldn’t trust Ian dog-last with a 5 cents of mine much less to believe a word that he says. Some of you out there think that I’m always being negative but I have reason to be so. It’s like here we go again, another Labor minister filled with optimism about the future but as the facts have it anything that this labor regime gets involved in fails miserably and turns into a pillar of salt. I mean in a time when Dominicans are starving to death and want real jobs the best you guys were able to muster up is some stupid NEP program where permanent jobs are few and far between and people are simply not satisfied with the output of the program. These guys have all kinds of training programs going on but no jobs to utilize the learnt skills afterwards. As the minister of trade and unemployment my advice to you is to focus on your ministry at hand as at the moment Dominica isn’t exporting anything of great significance and employment is a no show!!!

    • Big Bannan
      March 10, 2016

      Dominican Diaspora: DNO, the number of words one fool finds necessary to make he’s point should be dramatically reduced. This site is inundated by some of the dumbest of us who feel we have to write an essay on here every day. Who gives A.. F you’re in florida. This is the Dominican diaspora talking about our country.

      • Floridian diaspora
        March 11, 2016

        Thanks for recognizing that I’m a skilled writer. If you consider anyone who opposes Dr. Roosevelt Indian Buddha Skeritt to be a fool then you have a serious problem. Feels good to know that the comments of the dumbest writers on DNO are eating you up inside and is able to bring out a reaction from you. I urge you to continue to follow my comments as I know you have been doing for quite some time now. You should write to DNO and tell them to turn their website into a medium like DBS radio where only the faithful laborite baboons can voice their opinions

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