11/24/2015 05:32 AM
TVET Council Barbados Latest News
New and revised fees will take effect from January 1, 2016.
A small organization doing a big job! This observation was made about the TVET Council (TVETC) Barbados and its mandate late last year during its 20th Anniversary Celebrations.
And, in response to the demands arising from the implementation of a competence-based technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system, the Council has reviewed the products and services it offers, the ever increasing need for technical support and assistance together with the necessity to maintain quality, responsiveness and sustainability.
Coming out of the review, the Council has published a new products and services information guide which lists and explains all of the products, services and programmes offered by the organisation. Some services such as training and assessment have undergone a price increase to better reflect the real value of the activity, rather than the nominal costs which would have been previously charged.
Commencing January 1, 2016, the following fees will take effect:
- Qualification Approval - Bds$450.00
- Candidate Registration and Certification Fees Levels 1 - 5
- National/Caribbean Vocational Qualifications Levels 1 & 2 - Bds$40.00
- National/Caribbean Vocational Qualifications Levels 3, 4 & 5 - Bds$70.00
- Core Skills Examination
- Levels 1 & 2 - Bds$40.00
- Levels 3 & 4 - Bds$70.00
- Train-the-Trainer - Bds$600.00
- Assessor Training - Bds$700.00
- External Verifier Training - Bds$700.00
The full list of products and services along with their revised fees is available here.
The Council’s Executive Director Henderson Eastmond explained: “While the Council will continue to heavily subsidise the costs associated with its many developmental activities, the new fee structure will allow it to better manage the growth of the technical assistance and support programme offered as part of the implementation of a competence-based TVET system leading to National and Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (N/CVQs).”
He noted: “Our reality is that implementing cost recovery which is more in line with actual inputs is a necessary requirement to make our operations sustainable and allow many more Barbadians to obtain the benefits of a reformed TVET system”.
As part of the review, the Council has developed a number of policies and procedures documents that have also been made available on the Council’s website. The documents include a customer service charter, service delivery times and quality standards, and, complaints procedures guidelines.