Administrators, Principals and lecturers of Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions are participating in a three-day workshop being held at the Guyana Industrial Training Centre (GITC).
The programme began today Wednesday 11th, October 2017 in the GITC Boardroom, Woolford Avenue, Georgetown. The focus of the engagement is to address “Quality Assurance for Management and Supervision of TVET Institutions.” During the opening ceremony, the TVET educators were addressed by the Director of the Council for TVET, Mr. Sydney Walters. He said that the training workshop is being held at a time when the Council for TVET is in the process of implementing Competency-Based Education and Training nationally, as well as, a national system of assessment and certification. He stressed that both initiatives are governed by regional and international quality assurance criteria and guidelines. “Such quality assurance criteria and guidelines must be understood and practiced by you, the heads of institutions, the line management functionaries, the lecturers and instructors as well as the external and internal verifiers.”
Mr. Walters told the participants that the focus today is “training for employment”. He said that TVET is, therefore, demand driven with the emphasis on the occupational programmes being delivered to satisfy the needs of employers and the individual. “It means therefore that each student who completes an occupational programme should leave your institution with the required competencies and employability skills necessary for employment. Technical and Vocational Education and Training must be organised, therefore, with meaningful contributions from the employers so that the standard and quality of training are in keeping with their expectations.” Further, Mr. Walters said that the workshop is complementary to other training programmes that were held in the recent past to prepare the participants to implement competency-based training and manage its delivery on a daily basis.
“The training I am referring to are, the Introduction to Competency-Based Training; the Delivery of Competency Based Training; the Assessment of Students/Trainees Performance; Training in Quality Assurance Criteria and Guidelines and the Training of Internal and External Verifiers. These programmes provide you with the knowledge and skills to deliver competency based training, manage the delivery process and maintain standards and quality.” Meanwhile, Senior Specialist of Skills and Employability for the International Labour Organisation Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, Dr. Hassan Ndahi also delivered brief remarks. Dr. Ndahi is the facilitator of the workshop. He explained that quality is never at 100 per cent, however, efforts must be made to take institutions to a level that they are comfortable.
He said that it is difficult ever attain 100 per cent perfection since the goal post is frequently changing and this is further facilitated by the constant development of technology. He said that the human resource needs to be trained and developed so that persons can enter the workforce. According to Dr. Ndahi, the workshop will seek to answer questions such as how do institutions adjust to demands and how can these post-secondary institutions move forward. He added that other areas of focus will be effective ways to supervise staff and how capacity can be improved at these institutions. Dr. Ndahi said that an important quality of a good leader is to develop the capacity of his or her staff. Moreover, the specific objectives of the workshop are for the participants to understand and implement quality Technical and Vocational education; understand and implement sound management principles; supervise and develop teaching and non-teaching staff; and understand and implement competency-based instruction and assessment.