TVET looking forward to greater things in 2017
It is anticipated that The Technical and Vocation Education and Training (TVET) Council will in 2017 find innovative ways to convert trained persons to the point of being assessed and certificated.
In that process it is expected that they will engender better integration of their resource personnel assessors and verifiers both external and internal.
That is the outlook from Chairman of The TVET Council Barbados Dr Hensley Sobers, at their Christmas Luncheon and Awards Presentation held at Champers Wine Bar and Restaurant recently.
According to Sobers, they plan to place greater focus on research and communication as critical areas to quantify the contribution of the Employment Training Fund (ETF) to the national economy, as a result of increased productivity and improved service due to skills learned in subsidised training.
He says they will enrich their promotion of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and A GANAR to umbrella industry/business sector organisations and generally uplift the value of technical and vocational education and training as an integral part of mainstream education and life-long learning.
“Notwithstanding our achievements in the year 2016, 2017 calls for a judicious mix of competence and character readiness and willingness to work buttress by a ‘can do’ attitude."
Among TVET’s many accomplishments in 2016 that he says should be celebrated is the successful hosting of another Worldskills Barbados Competition; the accomplishment of appreciable growth and diversification of skill areas; high value participation in a public awareness initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; and the provision of technical expertise in the development of National Occupational Standards for the public service through the Training and Administration Division.
He said that the management and non-management employees must be recognised for their commitment, dedication and service to advancing the cause of technical and vocational education and training in Barbados during 2016.