Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is imperative for lifelong personal growth, inclusive and sustainable economic development, and the creation of a globally competitive labour force. Traditionally, in Saint Lucia, TVET was time – based and teacher centred. In the advent of globalisation, there was a need to create a nation capable of producing a well educated and skilled labour force that is competent, innovative and entrepreneurial which will lead to a higher standard of living.
In this regard, we require an education system able to support mastery of skills through technical and vocational education and training to all people at all levels in the country. Therefore, it has become necessary to rebrand TVET in Saint Lucia. Hence the phrase, “TVET Saint Lucia.’ This change of focus necessitates changing perceptions of TVET so that it is seen as an integral component of education and lifelong learning, leading to sustainable personal, social and economic development. In light of the rebranding of TVET, the theme is ‘TVET Saint Lucia: a broader perspective.’
To contribute to the development of competent, certified and globally competitive citizens equipped with knowledge, skills and attitudes for personal and national advancement.
To provide equitable, holistic and integrated lifelong learning opportunities that are delivered through schools and colleges and through sustainable community and public/private partnerships, for citizens to realize their full potential and for the achievement of a capable, competent and competitive labour force.
What is TVET
Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is understood as: ‘comprising education, training and skills development relating to a wide range of occupational fields, production, services and livelihoods.’
Revised Recommendation concerning Technical and Vocational Education and Training, UNESCO, 2015