The four day study tour of Grenada by a ten-member technical and vocational education and training team from the Ministry of Education, the National Qualifications Department/Sector Skills Development Agency (NQD/SSDA) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines wrapped up on Thursday 29, June 2018.
The team had come to Grenada on a study tour of the National Training Agency (NTA) and its training partners as part of efforts to build the capacity of TVET officers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as they seek to implement competency based education and training (CBET) and TVET programmes leading to the issuance of CVQ/NVQ certifications. The overall objective of the tour was to examine the systems and procedures used by the NTA of Grenada in relation to best practices in the awarding of CVQs/NVQs.
Several meetings were held which gave an overview of both the NQD/SSDA and the GNTA and which examined the procedures for validating regional occupational standards as well procedures for standards development. The local Ministry of Education participated by making a presentation on the CVQ in schools to the members of touring mission. The presentation was done by CVQ Co-ordinator in the Ministry of Education, Alwyn Fraser; centre approval and capacity building with regards to quality assurance and assessment; best practices for the implementation and administration of prior learning (APL) and enterprise-based training (EBT); monitoring and evaluation, communications, and the NTA’s Strategic Plan 2108-2020.
The tour also included visits to training institutions such as the T.A Marryshow Community College, the Center for Development and Certification Training (CDACT) and NEWLO which are institutions implementing the CVQ/NVQ within their training programmes. A visit was also made to the Westerhall Secondary School which has successfully piloted the CVQ in Schools through a programme delivered in General Construction Level 1.