An avenue through which this is being done is the Technical and Vocational Training Programme (TVET), which according to a press release issued by the St. Kitts Nevis Information Service, “is high on the agenda”.
Minister of Education Nigel Carty reiterated this commitment after having made earlier remarks during the most recent post cabinet briefing in which he outlined priority areas for the Government.
The Education Minister explained that a roadmap for technical and vocational training was necessary as part of a wider strategy to boost the economic viability of individuals by way of raising their interest in entrepreneurship.
“TVET is essential to helping individuals gain access to jobs and escape poverty and marginalization through the achievement of full employment,” the Minister noted as he demonstrated the need for the region and the Federation to address the “critical challenge of developing a competent workforce and establishing vibrant and effective entrepreneurial spirit”.
Minister Carty further announced plans for consultation with development partners to design a comprehensive policy framework on Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
He revealed that Mr. Fitzroy Wilkin, new director of TVET Development and Mr. Clyde Christopher, Chairman of the TVET Counsel and Director of AVEC were both at the cabinet meeting to articulate the vision for the development of these areas.
Both experts said the TVET programme would be integrated into programmes provided by the secondary schools; the Advanced Vocational Education Centre, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, Project Strong, and the National Skills Training Project to bring about efficiency and synergy.
The project was made possible through assistance from the European Union that a study was undertaken regarding TVET and for producing recommendations for the way forward for the sector. The plan is in keeping with CARICOM guidelines and international standards and frameworks.