Students & Job Seekers

In this section find out more about how the discipline of TVET can prepare you for work, its benefits, and how to get trained and certified.


Use the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below to help you better understand Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), as well as to find answers to questions you might have. Click on a question to be taken to its answer. If you don’t see the FAQ you’re looking for, contact us at or call (246) 228-3383 or (246) 435-3096.


Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)


What is Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)?

TVET is the discipline that focuses on vocational training and certification. It provides organised educational programmes offering courses directly related to preparing you for employment in occupations requiring qualifications other than a degree or advanced degree.


Why should I pursue Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)?

TVET programmes and courses include competence-based applied learning which contributes to:

  • higher-order reasoning
  • problem solving skills
  • specific occupational skills needed for economic independence as a productive and contributing member of society
  • increased opportunities for promotion and advancement
  • increased marketability



Is TVET only for people who normally work ‘with their hands’?

No! TVET has diversified in recent years and is now offered in industries such as retail, tourism, information technology, funeral services and cosmetics, as well as in the traditional crafts and cottage industries. For example, in Barbados TVET is available across a variety of professions including Customer Service, Nursery Care, and Hotel Reception.


Where can I get Technical and Vocational Education and Training?

Courses and programmes are available at several educational centres and institutions in Barbados, including:

  • Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic
  • BarbadosCommunity College
  • BarbadosVocational Training Board
  • National Initiative for Service Excellence
  • University of the West Indies Open Campus
  • Career Development Institute


National/Caribbean Vocational Qualifications


What are National/Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (N/CVQs)?

N/CVQs are work-based qualifications awarded by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council that certify you are competent to do your job. CVQs are the regional equivalent of NVQs.


Are N/CVQs for me?

If you’re interested in getting certification to prove your competence at work, then N/CVQs are for you.


Where are they available?

You can enroll for N/CVQs through public training providers such as the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic. Enrolment is also available through approved private training providers. Find out more in the N/CVQs section.