On Tuesday February 23, 2916, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Unit of the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour in collaboration with the St Lucia Council for TVET (SLCTVET) concluded a training exercise for individuals who will be certified as assessors in the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) system.
The activity is took place at the Pastoral Centre and lasted for six days from Monday February 15, 2016 to Tuesday February 23, 2016.
The CVQ is an award that represents the achievement of a set of competencies in an occupation and was developed by CARICOM through the Caribbean Association of national Training Authorities (CANTA) to facilitate the movement of people through the region. The SLCTVET is the Awarding Body for the CVQ in St Lucia.
Participants of the assessor training course included teachers and facilitators from several schools around the island, the Boys Training Centre, the Police Marine Unit, security companies, health
care sector and other training/education facilities. Individuals are involved in a wide variety of occupational areas such as health care, food and nutrition, security services, information and communication technology, building construction and agriculture.
This was deliberate as the CVQ is a work-based certification that demands that learners be trained in accordance with industry standards hence they are able to fit into the work environment upon being deemed competent in the respective occupational area.
The assessor training programme was being facilitated by Dr Paulette Dunn-Pierre and Ms Clover Barnette of the consultancy group Dunn Pierre Barnett and Associates (DPBA) from Jamaica.
The group has been assisting in building capacity in TVET in St Lucia for almost a decade and has an impeccable record in training and development in the region.