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TVET Council's New Offices Officially Declared Open

08/31/2015 05:58 PM
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Staff and guests participate in the dedication of TVET Council's New Office Building.

The agency established to prepare Barbadians for the world of work and business, the Technical

and Vocational Education and Training Council (TVET) will perform its “vital” role from new

offices in Hastings House West, Balmoral Gap, Hastings, Christ Church.


Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development Dr Esther Byer officially declared

the office open today, stressing the need for the improvement of skills among the

workforce in order to boost productivity.


The council establishes standards and qualifications for Barbados’ technical and vocational

education and training, including all programmes and courses that contribute towards the

development of the knowledge, technical skills, attitudes, and core skills essential to being

competitive in the world of work, according to its website.


“Education has been very important in the early decades of our development, especially our

Post- independence development. Education has taken us to this stage, but vocational training is

really where we need to take our country to the next stage. We talk a lot about productivity and

we talk a lot about a lack of productivity. When workers are skilled in the work they want to do

employers get the best out of them. This is where our TVET Council comes in, helping persons to

acquire the skills to give of their best. Education and training are separate but they are

complementary, they both speak to the preparation and development of the workforce,” Dr Byer



 “As a country, we now have to focus more on training. That is why the TVET Council Act was

passed in 1993 and the council was established under the Ministry of Labour in 1994. TVET

works closely with the Ministry of Education. TVET was established to manage training in

Barbados and to assist in bringing cohesion in education and training.”


Byer told the audience, which included Executive Director of the TVET Council Henderson

Eastmond, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the TVET Council Dr Hensley Sobers and several

members of staff that the policies pursued by the local TVET Council was part of an international policy

of standardizing education and training.


She said the agency had developed 47 National Vocational Qualifications standards; validated

60 Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) competence-based certifications for local use and

approved 45 assessment centres of which 22 are currently delivering National Vocational

Qualifications (NVQs) and CVQs.


She added that the TVET Council had also facilitated the training of approximately 281 persons

on how to deliver competence-based education and training.


In addition, the Minister of Labour disclosed that another 80 persons had been trained in

Conducting competence-based assessment and had attained the CVQ in assessment level four for

specialized or supervisory workers.