Employment & Training Fund

In this section find out more about the ETF – how to access it, what conditions apply, as well as priority areas.

Priority Areas

Several areas of training are considered priority under the Employment and Training Fund. They include training that:

  • is demand driven
  • is conducted in a competence-based format using occupational standards as part of the curriculum
  • leads to the award of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ)
  • is focused on employee skills that are measurable and meet industry standards


High-demand occupations and industries with skill shortages are considered priority for training and assessment. Priority areas include:

  • Information Technology
  • Computer Assisted Design and Manufacturing
  • Solar Photovoltaic applications
  • Quality Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Customer Service
  • Food and Beverage Control
  • Property Maintenance
  • Boat Building
  • Nursery Care Services
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Agriculture