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Technical And Vocational Education And Training (TVET)

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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 that prove competence.

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

No! TVET has diversified in recent years and is now offered in industries such as health care, 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.

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

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