The Government expects education to play its part in national development by providing the human capital necessary to satisfy the requirements of Business and Industry and the nation as a whole. Technical and Vocational Education and Training was, therefore, restructured to make a direct contribution to the realization of a sustainable economic development and ultimately a better standard of living for all.
Given the immense scientific, technological and economic development envisage, particularly as a result of globalization, all TVET programmes will lead to an understanding of scientific and technological aspects of contemporary civilization in such a way that people will comprehend their environment and will be capable of taking a critical view of the social, political and environmental implications of scientific and technological changes.
The system is being organized to contribute to the attainment of national goals for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and to meet the changing demand for a skilled workforce. These include:
- meet the need for highly skilled craftspersons and technicians through education and training during and after the secondary school level;
- make education and training opportunities available to all regardless of ethnic origin, sex, scholastic ability, aptitude, or place of residence;
- develop competencies needed for successful transition from school to work with emphasis on leadership skills, personal employability skills and moral worth;
- ensure that students/trainees acquire the competencies needed for employment or self employment in occupations of their choice and for which there are employment opportunities;
- promote programmes which are developed through collective efforts with the stakeholders;
- provide training or retraining for workers whose skills and technical knowledge must be updated as well as those whose jobs will be made redundant due to increasing efficiency, automation, or economic change; and
- expand the Technical and Vocational Education and Training programmes consistent with employment possibilities and national economic needs. (Adapted from Finch and Crunkilton 1989.)
In the quest for the fulfilment of these goals, the Ministry of Education and the Council for TVET will ensure that all citizens and those residing in Guyana have equal opportunity for access to education and training.
Over the next ten years the providers and stakeholders of TVET will have meaningful roles and responsibilities in the implementation and evaluation of the various policies and strategies articulated herein for the realization of these goals.