Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is the most practical avenue for acquiring readily employable skills for the world of work.
Addressing the fifth staging of the National TVET Quality Awards for Secondary Schools at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston, on September 14, Senator Reid said Jamaica and the wider world need skilled and competent workers to fill skill gaps in various sectors.
Some of the sectors include: building and construction, power and energy plants, water distribution and sanitation systems, hospitality and agro-processing.
“In addition, we need highly-skilled technical personnel to drive the agenda of transforming our economy through value-addition to primary commodities, and natural resources,” the Minister said.
Senator Reid argued that a well developed and functioning TVET system is best placed to train the skilled workforce which Jamaica needs to address its socio-economic development challenges.
To this end, he said the Ministry will continually strive to improve the relevance and quality of training, integrate ICT into TVET, and ensure flexibility of training and life-long learning in TVET provision.
The Minister lauded the work and contribution of teachers and students in the technical and vocational areas.
Associate Teaching Fellow at the Mona School of Business and Management and former Executive Director, HEART Trust/NTA, Robert Gregory received the TVET Pioneer Award.