CARICOM Education for Employment Project in Latin America and the Caribbean

The project aims to contribute to economic growth through a more competitive, productive and gender-equitable workforce in the Caribbean. It aims to strengthen Caribbean institutional capacity to implement, promote and conduct quality assurance of gender-sensitive occupational standards, workforce certification, and demand-driven technical and vocational education and training (TVET). This results in increased and more meaningful employment for TVET graduates and skilled workers in the region.

The project also improves access to pertinent labour market information so that technical and vocational courses are better aligned with employers’ needs. Under the auspices of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Caribbean institutions collaborate with private sector representatives in the region as well as with relevant Canadian organizations to benefit from Canada’s experience in developing world renown TVET programming and a more decentralized and entrepreneurial approach to college management.


Expected Results

This is a new feature, part of CIDA’s efforts towards increasing transparency. Information will only be available for projects approved after October 15, 2011. For other projects, information on expected results is usually included in the description.

Progress and Results Achieved

Results achieved as of March 2015 include: (1) four of 15 institutions are delivering Caribbean vocational qualification ready programs, up from one institution; (2) 133 new registrants for new demand-driven technical and vocational education and training programs; and (3) 20 new collaborations between employers and private sector groups and training institutions (there were no previous collaborations). These results have contributed to increasing employment, including self-employment, of male and female Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates and certified workers, including from disadvantaged groups, and enhancing delivery of quality competency-based, demand-driven and gender and environmentally sensitive TVET across the CARICOM region.

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