- Among the strategies discussed during the sessions were: the development of a TVET Policy.
- The existing menu of TVET occupations has been revised to aid the transition of some qualifications from NCTVET.
- The integration process will be enhanced with 82 teachers from 58 schools.
The Ministry of Education recently conducted a series of sensitisation sessions with principals of secondary schools to advance the integration of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the education system.
Among the strategies discussed during the sessions were: the development of a TVET Policy, which will provide a national framework for the development and sustainability of TVET in the Jamaican education and training system; capacity building of TVET teachers; introduction of new TVET offerings; and the transition certification of Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) from the National Council on Technical Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET), to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
Speaking to JIS News recently, Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Grace McLean said the existing menu of TVET occupations has been revised to aid the transition of some qualifications from NCTVET.
“TVET is the vehicle for workforce growth and development and is quite pivotal here. It therefore becomes imperative to allow for the seamless development and improvement of the Jamaican workforce,” Mrs. McLean said.
The integration process will be enhanced with 82 teachers from 58 schools, who benefitted from technical training incorporated with the Competency-based Methodology (CBET), related to the new occupational programmes to be offered in schools. The new programmes to be offered are: Call/Contact Centre Operations – Level 1; Motor Vehicle Repair; Air Conditioning – Level 2; Crop Production – Level 1; Digital Animation – Level 1 and Food and Beverage Server – Level 1.
According to Mrs. McLean the 58 schools selected to offer the five new programmes have been aligned to HEART/Trust NTA institutions, which will provide programme – specific technical support to the schools’ resource personnel identified to coach and mentor teachers of Call Centre Operations and Digital Animation programmes.
She explained that schools have been aligned to HEART Trust institutions to facilitate capacity building of staff and students and will provide centres for assessment where schools are underequipped to conduct the assessments.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Unit of the HEART Trust/NTA will collaborate with the Technical/Vocational Unit in programme monitoring and quality assurance.
She further stated that a revised strategy for the Career Advancement Programme, has been developed and online (electronic) library resources will be made available by HEART for use by students and teachers pursuing and offering TVET programmes in schools.
Support for the upgrading of TVET laboratories and provision of equipment will be administered through the Ministry’s/TVET Rationalization Project.
The second staging of the TVET Quality Awards Competition is being planned for February 2014.