Employees & Entrepreneurs

This section provides information and support materials on TVET and the Council for employed or self-employed persons, including benefits and how to get trained and certified.


Use the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below to help you better understand Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), as well as to find answers to questions you might have. If you don’t see the FAQ you’re looking for, contact us at office@tvetcouncil.com.bb or call (246) 228-3383 or (246) 435-3096.


Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)


What is Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)?

TVET – also known as workforce training - is the discipline that focuses on vocational training and certification. It provides organised educational programmes offering courses directly related to preparing you for employment in occupations requiring qualifications other than a degree or advanced degree.


Why should I pursue Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)?

TVET programmes and courses include competency-based applied learning which contributes to:

  • increased opportunities for promotion and advancement
  • increased marketability
  • specific occupational skills needed for economic independence as a productive and contributing member of society
  • higher-order reasoning
  • problem solving skills


Is TVET only for people who normally work ‘with their hands’?

No! TVET has diversified in recent years and is now offered in industries such as retail, tourism, information technology, funeral services and cosmetics, as well as in the traditional crafts and cottage industries. For example, in Barbados TVET is available across a variety of professions including Customer Service, Nursery Care, and Hotel Reception.


Where can I get Technical and Vocational Education and Training?

Courses and programmes are available at several educational centres and institutions in Barbados including:

  • Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic
  • Barbados Community College
  • Barbados Vocational Training Board
  • National Initiative for Service Excellence
  • Career Development Institute
  • University of the West Indies Open Campus

National/Caribbean Vocational Qualifications


What are National/Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (N/CVQs)?

N/CVQs are work-based qualifications awarded by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council that certify you are competent to do the job you have or the job you may wish to have. CVQs are the regional equivalent of NVQs.


Are N/CVQs for me?

If you’re interested in getting certification to prove your competence at work or to increase the competitiveness of your business, then N/CVQs are for you.


Where are they available?

You can enroll for N/CVQs through public training providers such as the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic. Enrolment is also available through approved private training providers. Find out more in the N/CVQs section.