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On Tuesday February 23, 2016, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Unit of the

Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour in collaboration with the St Lucia

Council for TVET (SLCTVET) concluded a training exercise for individuals who will be certified as

assessors in the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) system. The activity is took place at the

Pastoral Centre and lasted for six days from Monday February 15, 2016 to Tuesday February 23, 2016.

The CVQ is an award that represents the achievement of a set of competencies in an occupation and

was developed by CARICOM through the Caribbean Association of national Training Authorities (CANTA)

to facilitate the movement of people through the region. The SLCTVET is the Awarding Body for the CVQ

in St Lucia.

Participants of the assessor training course included teachers and facilitators from several schools

around the island, the Boys Training Centre, the Police Marine Unit, security companies, health care

sector and other training/education facilities. Individuals are involved in a wide variety of occupational

areas such as health care, food and nutrition, security services, information and communication

technology, building construction and agriculture. This was deliberate as the CVQ is a work-based

certification that demands that learners be trained in accordance with industry standards hence they

are able to fit into the work environment upon being deemed competent in the respective occupational


The assessor training programme was being facilitated by Dr Paulette Dunn-Pierre and Ms Clover

Barnette of the consultancy group Dunn Pierre Barnett and Associates (DPBA) from Jamaica. The group

has been assisting in building capacity in TVET in St Lucia for almost a decade and has an impeccable

record in training and development in the region.

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