Weak resilience of vocational training systems in CARICOM states in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) survey on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) on CARICOM countries has revealed the weak resilience of the vocational training systems to maintain continuity of delivery of instruction, assessment and instructor professional development in 11 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States.

A survey of National Training Agencies (NTAs) / TVET Councils indicated that 53 per cent of the respondents do not use any form of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for delivery of instruction at a distance, while 47 per cent of the respondents indicated moderate use of ICT for delivery of instruction via distance learning. Among the major issues inhibiting the use of ICT for design and delivery of instruction, assessment of student learning at a distance during the pandemic was the lack of, or limited knowledge and use of the Learning Management System (LMS); a critical factor in facilitating the adoption of ICT for distance learning. Similarly, vocational training institutions that use ICT for distance learning provide limited or no training to their instructors on the use of the technologies and e-learning resources.

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