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Youth Farm Programme 2015 Comes to a Close

11/02/2015 04:02 AM
TVET Council Barbados Latest News
Graduates of the Youth Farm Programme 2015 at the Closing/Graduation Ceremony.

The Closing/Graduation Ceremony for the Youth Farm Programme 2015 was held Friday, January 30th at the St. Leonard's Boys' School, Richmond Gap, St. Michael. This year, 38 Agriculture Science students from 13 secondary schools, 12 local and one from Antigua and  Barbuda, were registered as candidates for the 8-week summer training programme.

Thirty-two (32) students successfully completed the programme, 31 with a full Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) in Amenity Horticulture Level 1 and one (1) student with unit recognition. Four students have certification pending which will bring the total number of successful students to 36.

The Youth Farm Programme is organised by the Inter American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Office in Barbados in collaboration with the TVET Council Barbados, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture.


During the welcome remarks, Senior Technical Officer (STO) with the TVET Council (TVETC), Paul Puckerin, in congratulating the graduates said: "This achievement is proof of your ability to demonstrate competence in areas of farming such as: crop protection, seed propagation and ornamental horticulture. Equally commendable is that fact that the programme this year for the first time attracted two regional students from the Ottos Comprehensive School in Antigua who successfully completed the programme."


He added: "The TVET Council Barbados is the Awarding Body in Barbados for National/Caribbean Vocation Qualifications (N/CVQs) and the Industry Standards setting body for Industry practices. Since the launch of our N/CVQ Expansion Programme in May 2012 and with the stimuli of the Competence Based Training Fund (CBTF) in 2014 we have seen a significant demand for our services. We have had an increase from ten (10) centres to fifty-three of which twenty–six (26) of them are now training and delivering N/CVQs across Barbados."


Mr. Puckerin disclosed that as part of its Awarding Body function, the TVET Council had begun the process of developing a Malpractice and Procedures Policy which when finalized would set the framework for how the quality of training and assessment within approved assessment centres was maintained in order to safeguard the integrity of TVETC's status as an Awarding Body.