Eight Teachers and two employees in the Ministry ofÂ Agriculture have been awarded Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) Level 4 inÂ Training and Assessment, to support the delivery of Montserratâ€™s first CVQs certification.
The completion of the training will support the Ministry of Educationâ€™s efforts to broaden theÂ curriculum being offered by the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS) using the CVQÂ Framework. The CVQ is a competency based training framework which has been agreedÂ across the region and provides regionally accepted and recognized certification through theÂ implementation of agreed standards. It replaces the old Pre-Vocational Programme (PVP)Â of the 70â€™s and 80â€™s.
Having successfully completed the training, the implementation of the Crop ProductionÂ Standard will be the next step to introducing recognized skills training certification inÂ vocational subjects, which will allow students the benefit of being â€˜skill certifiedâ€™ andÂ â€˜academically certifiedâ€™ at the end of their secondary education.
Speaking at a special assembly at the Montserrat Secondary School on Friday, FebruaryÂ 23, the Honourable Minister of Education, Delmaude Ryan said â€œWe thought it fitting toÂ include you the students to share in this celebration of achievement of some of yourÂ teachers who have set the example by completing their own CVQ certification as trainersÂ and assessors for this programme. Your teachers are the first set among a number of otherÂ individuals to obtain a CVQ certificate in Montserrat, and this is significant.â€
The qualification obtained will serve to ensure that the quality of education delivered underÂ the programme meets the standards agreed across the region. â€œThese teachers along withÂ persons in the Agriculture department and the Community are part of a quality assuranceÂ mechanism for any accredited competency based education and training in Montserrat,â€
explained Mrs. Ryan.
The Minister of Education stated that there are plans to implement other skills basedÂ programmes which will lead to school leavers who are well-rounded. She said, â€œIt is thisÂ Governmentâ€™s intention to develop this area of education as an offer for students in skillsÂ based education, which is officially certified as National Vocational Qualifications (NVQâ€™s)Â and CVQâ€™s. This will allow you to be better equipped to carve your own career path as youÂ move on into adult life. The next subject area being considered is the NVQ in Food andÂ Beverage Services.â€
Mrs. Ryan encouraged the students to take up these subject areas to enhance their ownÂ development and diversify their educational portfolio at the end of their tenure at MSS.
The individuals who have successfully completed the training are; Teachers Patricia Harris,Â Karlene Foreshaw, Carmen Farrell, Aminah Hannifah, Monique Mighty, Ivan Piper, CleoÂ Cassell and Claude Gerald, and Claude Browne and Melissa Oâ€™Garro from the Ministry ofÂ Agriculture. They received the CVQ Level 4 Certificate Award by the Sector SkillsÂ Development Agency which is part of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines qualificationÂ department approved by the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) ofÂ CARICOM.
The Crop Production Standard Project was funded under the Caribbean DevelopmentÂ Bank (CDB) Basic Needs Trust Fund and cost in excess of three hundred thousand dollars,Â which includes the cost of the training for the trainers and assessors, the installation of twoÂ greenhouses complete with supplies, and some training in its basic operations.
National/Caribbean Vocational QualificationsÂ (N/CVQs) are work-related, competence-based certifications which employees (fulltime or part-time) and self-employed persons canÂ gain after their performance of a work role has been successfully assessed againstÂ Occupational Standards by trained and certified Assessors.