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The BCSI and TVET Council Sign Memorandum of Understanding

03/20/2013 02:27 PM
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TVET Council's Executive Director Henderson Eastmond signs the MOU. Looking on are BCSI's Executive Director Lisa Cummins (seated), BCSI Programme Officer Meshia Clarke (left) and TVET Council's Technical Officer Marlyn Rawlins.

The Barbados Coalition of Service Industries Inc. (BCSI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council.

The signing of the MOU, which took place last week Friday at the BCSI’s offices, will enable the Secretariat to identify the standards needed in the current and emerging services sectors, and, with the assistance of the TVET Council (TVETC), use them as the basis for the development of training and certification for persons in those sectors.

The MOU launches a programme of cooperation between the BCSI, which is this country’s services body and has a membership base of forty-seven (47) service associations, and the TVET Council, which is the government agency responsible for coordinating and managing technical and vocational education and training (TVET) at the tertiary level.

The MOU will see the two agencies collaborating together to ensure that services trade in Barbados is at all times characterized by quality standards and benchmarked against the highest relevant international standards.

The technical support provided by the TVET Council will ensure that the nation’s non-traditional services sectors and providers which often fall outside of the developed curricula are able to receive training and certification through the National and/or Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (N/CVQs) offered by the Council. The MOU will also see the parties working towards the development of occupational standards for the recognized service sectors.

The first tangible result of the collaboration between the BCSI and TVETC is in the health and wellness sector. Work is currently being undertaken with the Barbados Association of Professional Massage Therapists (BAPMT) towards the re-development of occupational standards for this sector.

Ms. Lisa Cummins, Executive Director of the BCSI stated that, “often when we hear about services trade, we don’t necessarily appreciate that the world trades on the basis of a balance of quality, price, reputation and standards. What we are doing here is part of the BCSI’s overall objective of ensuring that all the necessary inputs go into making our potential service exports competitive and export oriented. We are in the business of promoting service exporting among our members and we intend to ensure, through partnerships like this one with the TVET Council, that we do so at the highest possible level. Additionally, all of our agencies are challenged by resources so through pairing our resources, we are able to go much further towards achieving our shared objectives.”


Mr. Henderson Eastmond, Executive Director of the TVET Council noted: “The MOU will contribute to the development of a national labour force that is both competent and competitive."

He added: “By subsidizing the costs of training through our Employment and Training Fund (ETF), by developing occupational standards, where necessary, by developing curricula – yes, we are on the verge of developing curricula for the easy use of the occupational standards - and finally by training, assessing and certifying trainees, who are deemed competent, with NVQs or CVQs, the Council will work with the BCSI to enable a flexible, demand-driven education and training system that facilitates world class workers - practitioners and professionals - in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Professional Services, Tourism Services, Educational Services, Health and Wellness Services, Creative and Cultural Industries and the Energy Services sectors.”