St. Vincent and the Grenadines has received approval to grant Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) to persons who will pursue Technical and Vocational Education and Training programmes, in and out of post secondary institutions.

The approval was granted on Friday March 4th, 2016 at the 29th Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) Meeting in Guyana.

The application for CVQ awarding status by the Sector Skills Development Agency which is the National Training Agency for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was first approved by the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies and the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

The CVQ is part of the process towards achieving the free movement of certified skilled workers under the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

To earn an award, candidates must demonstrate competence in reaching CARICOM-approved occupational standards developed by industry experts and employers in a range from level one to five.

The awarding of CVQ granting status to St. Vincent and the Grenadines will also mean that skilled and certified workers will be able to seek available employment opportunities in any other CARICOM states where there are available jobs, with less difficulty.

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