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.

What’s in it for you?

TVET Council can help you train and further develop your skills for the world of work in a number of ways:

Occupational Standards

Occupational Standards are precise descriptions of what employees are expected to know and be able to do in their work role. They are designed to base training, qualifications and recognition of achievement on independent evidence of what people are able to do. Through Occupational Standards you’ll:

  • Get recognised! – You’ll achieve recognition, progression and upward mobility
  • Get better access – Improved access to training and qualifications you may previously have been unable to get
  • Have your skills evaluated fairly – You’ll receive fair and just assessment and development opportunities because of independent criteria and open access to qualifications

Click here for more information on Occupational Standards.


National/Caribbean Vocational Qualifications

National/Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (N/CVQs) are work-related certifications that measure your level of competence. They are awarded by the TVET Council and offer several benefits to employees:

  • recognition of your knowledge and skills
  • increased job satisfaction
  • improved progress up the career ladder
  • flexible routes to getting qualified
  • improved employability and transferability


You’ll soon be able to sign up for an N/CVQ through local public training providers as well as private training providers. Click here for more information on N/CVQs including benefits to the country, levels of qualifications, where they are available, as well as how they are earned.


Contact for more information:

Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic - (246) 426 1920

Barbados Vocational Training Board - (246) 621-2882

Barbados Community College - (246) 426 2858

University of the West Indies Open Campus - (246) 417 4496

National Initiative for Service Excellence - (246) 426 4186

National Employment Bureau - (246) 426 1511