The proposal for the free movement of certified skilled workers as one of the protocols of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) and mandate from the CARICOM Council on Human and Social Development (COSHOD) has prompted the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) to develop a mechanism for the establishment of a regional certification scheme to award the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ). This assumes that all countries:
• Focus on the provision of standards-driven, competency-based training, assessment and certification for the workforce as promoted by CARICOM.
• Adhere to the Regional Qualifications Framework with the five levels of certification.
In light of these developments, the Government of Grenada, in order to ensure that the country’s workforce has acquired the competence required to operate at the regional level has established two bodies to oversee the development and delivery of technical and vocational education and training. The two bodies are:
• The Grenada Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
• The National Training Agency
Functions of the Grenada Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
- Oversee the design, monitoring, coordination and promotion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), to meet the skill development needs in Grenada as indicated by the Ministry of Education.
- Ensure that the policy and strategic framework to guide the design, delivery and evaluation of technical and vocational education programs are followed.
- Provide governance oversight to the National Training Agency.
- Serve as an advisory body to the Minister for Education as it relates to policies, strategies and programs for the management of TVET.
- Help to facilitate the transition from school to work and enable citizens to follow a vocation.
Functions of the Grenada National Training Agency:
- Work with the private sector, public sector, education system and other stakeholders to ensure that the nation had an adequate number of artisans with the skills and competencies required for sustainable development.
- Ensure and coordinate quality assurance activities (accreditation, pre-qualification of training providers, assessment and certification).
- Maintain communication with all stakeholders.
- Coordinate the competitive and demand–driven delivery of training.
- Manage the registration of trainees, employers and training providers.
- Maintain the management information systems, ensure monitoring and evaluation, and conduct and analyze labor market research.
- Ensure that the agreed plans for technical and vocational education and training developed by the GNTA are done in consultation with relevant stakeholders, including representation from the Ministry of Finance.