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Functions of the Council

The Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training is required to do among other things,develop and initiate the implementation of policies; establish standards to meet national, regional and international requirements; further develop the national system of performance testing and certification;undertake curriculum development with the use of the Competency Based Modularized methodology; conduct research on TVET; implement quality control mechanisms; and monitor the performance of both formal and non-formal Post-Secondary TVET Systems. The functions of the Council for TVET are articulated in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Act of 2004.


Date of Establishment

Promulgated by an Act of Parliament on the 22nd July, 2004.



Excellence in Standards and Quality.



To ensure a Competent Labour Force to meet the changing demands of global competitiveness.



The mission of the Council for TVET is instructive in terms of the performance of the system nationally. It states as follows:

The work force preparation in Guyana is committed to ensure that Business and Industry are provided at all levels of occupational standards with workers who are competent to provide a high quality of products and services as demanded by global competitiveness.


The objectives of the Council for TVET are:        

    • to advise the Minister on the measures required to ensure a  comprehensive system of technical and vocational education
      and  training that is suited to the development needs of Guyana;
    •  to establish, develop and monitor schemes for the training of craftsmen, technicians and engineers needed to sustain and  enhance economic growth;                                 
    • to develop a national system of Competency  Based Modularized Training and initiate its implementation;        
    • to expand the scope of industrial training in industry;    
    • to monitor and evaluate the delivery of all TVET programmes;
    • to implement a National System of Testing and Certification; and
    • to implement and maintain standards for the delivery of TVET.


Constitution of the Council

The Technical and Vocational Educational and Training Act No. 11 of 2004 states as follows:

The Council shall consist of not less than nine or more than fifteen members.The members shall be appointed by the Minister from among students and other persons:

    • Nominated by organizations including professional organizations, industry, commerce, employers and labour.
    • From the Ministry of Education and the Public, appearing to him as having had experiences of and shown capacity in matters relating to technical and vocational education and training.The Director shall be an ex-officio member of the Council.The members shall be appointed for a period of not less than two years and may be reappointed at the discretion of the Minister.The Chairman shall be appointed by the Minister from among members. The Council shall appoint one of its members to be the Vice Chairman of the Council.



There are four committees:

    • The Administration Committee;
    • The Vocational Standards Committee;
    • The Public Relations and Communications Committee
    • The Accreditation and Certification Committee.


Beneficiaries of the Council


      • Students of TVET in Private and Public Secondary Schools;
      • Students and Trainees of Technical Institutions in the public and private.