Accept City and Guilds, CVQ certificates - Reid
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is pushing for greater acceptance of City and Guilds and Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) certification by the job market and tertiary institutions.
Portfolio Minister Ruel Reid said the move follows discussion and review of the major infrastructure and job-producing strategies by the Economic Growth and Job Creation subcommittee of Cabinet. The strategies to improve the education and training sectors include full integration of technical education in secondary and tertiary institutions. Reid was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister recently. He informed that a national qualifications framework will be launched soon, which will define all qualifications to be recognised nationally in post-secondary, technical and vocational education and training in Jamaica. The framework is being led by the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC).
City and Guilds is a vocational qualification awarding body based in the United Kingdom, which offers more than 500 qualifications in some 28 speciality areas. Qualifications are designed in close consultation with employers so that they are recognised for progression into employment, higher education or professional development. The CVQ is a work-related, competence-based certification that persons can gain after their successful performance of a work role.
The qualification is based on a common approach to training, assessment and certification as agreed by the national training agencies of the region under the supervision of the Caribbean Association of National Training Agency. Reid further noted that the Caribbean Examinations Council will be modifying the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate to include CVQ certification, using the school-based assessments as qualification in some technical subjects.
Reid said that in response to labour market demands, the Government has increased its allocation to the Jamaica Values and Attitudes (JAMVAT) programme by $100 million this year. JAMVAT provides assistance to tertiary students who qualify for admission but cannot afford to cover their tuition costs. Reid said the Government is also working with the University of the West Indies (UWI) to ensure that there is at least one graduate in each household in Jamaica.
"UWI (also) wants to help in the redevelopment of downtown Kingston, in creating jobs for our youth using technology and innovation parks," he added.