St. Vincent and the Grenadines received approval to grant Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) on Friday, 4th March, 2016, at the 29th Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) Meeting in Georgetown, Guyana.
The application for CVQ awarding status by the Sector Skills Development Agency which is the national training agency for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was first approved by the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) and the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (RCM-TVET) before receiving final approval at the COHSOD meeting. The Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) is part of the process towards achieving the free movement of certified skilled-workers under the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). It represents the achievement of a set of competencies which define-core work practices of an occupational area.
To earn an award, candidates must demonstrate competence in reaching CARICOM-approved occupational standards developed by industry experts and employers in a range from level one(1) to five(5). St.Vincent and the Grenadines has in effect being granted approval to award the Caribbean Vocational Qualification to persons who will pursue Technical and Vocational Education and Training programmes, in and out of post secondary institutions.
The awarding of CVQ granting status to St. Vincent and the Grenadines will also mean that skilled and certified workers will be able to seek available employment opportunities in any other CARICOM state where there are available jobs with less difficulty.