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National Technical Vocational Education And Training Week In Belize

Posted by Grand Baymen on Jan 24, 2014 3:35:46 AM
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This week is Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) week and the government is going to great lengths to publicize the fact that it is spending more money than ever on persuading youngsters living in Belize to take up places in educational institutions across the country.

Although over four million dollars is being spent on vocational and technical training by the Ministry of Education in 2014, the government has announced that the country’s various educational institutions are significantly underutilized.  The Hon. Patrick Faber, the Minister of Education, noted recently: “There are only three to four hundred trainees across the country that are full time and I know that it is improving but that is not the best bang for our buck.”  He went on to say: “We need to highlight and trumpet the kind of work that is being done in the ITVETs [Institutes for Technical Vocational Education and Training] and CET {Centers for Employment Training] across the country, because the projects that are being done by these students are truly spectacular.”

The Minister is convinced that it is only by highlighting the achievements of existing students that youngsters living in Belize will be persuaded of the advantages of joining the scheme. Â The government is supported in its efforts by partners such as the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and Education for Employment (CEFE), both of whom have announced their intention to provide marketing expertise in the hope of increasing the number of students enrolling in the various courses.

National TVET Week is intended to be the first of many such marketing events in Belize.  The week was kicked off at the ITVET training room in Belize City, where both the Minister of Education and the Minister of Labor, Senator Godwin Hulse, made speeches to the students emphasizing the importance of investing in Belize by providing vocational training.  The Senator said: “The very reason you are getting this training is to release your creative juices so you can think and create and innovate - make something.”

Senator Hulse wound up his speech by announcing that a special department was to be set up specifically to supervise job placement. He said that companies would be asked to forward their vacancy announcements and that the new department would advertise and recommend suitably qualified applicants.

As part of TVET week an Ecumenical Service is to be held at St. Martin’s de Porres Church and the ITVET is to host a marketing workshop in Belize City along with a “Mystery Basket Cook Off” competition.  Other events demonstrating the work of the TVETs are to be held across the city.

Topics: Special Events

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