Thirty-three Early Childhood workers employed with the Ministry of Social Development and Housing are now certified holders of NTA issued CVQ (Caribbean Vocational Qualification) certificates in Early Childhood Development Level II. The graduates were assessed for prior learning (APL), as most had over 15 years of experience in the chosen field. The training was undertaken with oversight from the Grenada National Training Agency. Classroom training and practicals were provided through approved training centre, NEWLO.
Speaking at the ceremony, GNTA’s EBT Officer, Ms. Gennesta Charles expressed the NTA’s joy at having been able to partner with the Ministry of Social Development and Housing to certify the 33 caregivers employed within government daycares and preschools. She told the graduates to see their certification as continuing investment in their own personal capital and look out for the highest possible return on input. She encouraged them to transfer the skills, knowledge and aptitude gained from the training into their performance in the work environment.
Ms. Lima Frederick, Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Social Development and Housing noted that early childhood learning provided great opportunity but also great vulnerability and if done well is the most cost effective investment in human capital due to cost savings against future deviant behaviour and in the long-run serving to reduce poverty and low social mobility while providing empowerment.