Quality:emphasis is placed on setting nationally and regionally agreed high standards for TVET programming and delivery.

Efficiency: there is optimal deployment and use of resources within and among institutions responsive to changing demands.

Relevance: TVET provision is aligned with national priorities, supports personal and professional development, and meets societal and labour market demands.

Partnerships and Collaboration: there is shared responsibility for TVET across all sectors of development, including government ministries and agencies, partnerships with private sector organizations, and the involvement of public and private actors in education and the world of work.

Innovation, New Technologies and New Modalities: new technologies and modalities are applied in the organization, management and delivery of TVET, including open and distance learning.

Accessibility and Affordability: increased opportunities and support for the participation of all irrespective of race, gender, socio economic status and religion in TVET is ensured.

Equity and Inclusiveness: strategies are implemented to ensure gender equality in all areas of TVET, and that TVET is inclusive of the needs of all learners, including persons who are vulnerable or marginalized and persons with disabilities.

Flexibility and Agility: strategies are responsive to changing social and economic conditions, technology, expectations of learners and national priorities.

Portability: provisions facilitate the movement of skilled persons nationally, regionally and internationally through TVET certification including the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ).

Integration: there is seamless integration of TVET into general education and lifelong learning.

Sustainability: strategies are implemented to ensure the preservation of all aspects of the environment including natural, cultural, social and economic aspects. Of critical concern are the continuity of renewable natural resources, minimized pollution and reduced depletion rates of non-renewable resources.

Entrepreneurship and Employability: emphasis is given to workplace training, enterprise development, certification of skilled persons and preparation of young people for entrepreneurship and employment.