Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
 
Press release 427/2010
(25 September 2010)

MORE CARICOM COUNTRIES TO OFFER CVOs NEXT YEAR
 

 
(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Caribbean Community Secretariat is moving full speed ahead to put in place the necessary procedures to enable additional Member States to issue the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) in 2011.

To date, only three Member States of the 15-member grouping can issue the CVQ.

The CVQ was launched in October 2007 to facilitate the movement of artisans and other skilled persons in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The CARICOM Council for Human and Social Development had played a pivotal role in establishing the Common Standards and Framework to facilitate the introduction of this new qualification.

At its 20th three-day meeting in Georgetown, Guyana last week, that Council discussed current regional arrangements for the Award of the CVQ as well as procedures for approval of regional occupational standards.

The Council noted that while some Member States had built up capacity to offer this certification, others were still getting ready. In this regard therefore, the COHSOD gave the approval for the Secretariat to put in place the necessary procedures for additional countries to issue the CVQ.

This qualification will be accessible to persons already in the workforce as well as students in secondary schools across the Caribbean region. Those already in the work force will be required to attend designated centres for assessment and will be certified through their National Training Agencies (NTA) while those in schools will be certified through arrangements with the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).

The Meeting also discussed and recommended mechanisms to ensure the efficiency of the approval process.

COHSOD agreed that Member States who had not done so would ratify the Inter Governmental Agreement on CVQs to guarantee the implementation of the process in 2011.

When the CVQ was launched three years ago in Jamaica, CARICOM Secretariat’s Director of Human Development, Myrna Bernard, who was integral in the launch as well as the development of standards, had explained that the CVQ had “the potential to ensure that the CSME has available to it a regional pool of certified skilled persons and to touch lives, as it puts the benefits of the CSME within reach of many given, its availability to skilled, yet uncertified persons in workplaces...”

She had given credit to Heads of Government for enabling the process, noting “…the fact that we can now move from National Vocational Qualifications to a regional vocational qualification is testimony to the political will and hard work invested in the process by our Member States.”

The CVQ also allows for the Caribbean to remove the mismatch between the global labour market’s requirement and specifications and the Region’s ability to supply a highly competent and confident workforce. The Region looks forward to reaping those benefits as more countries move to offer the CVQ.

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