“Sharing is caring” has been the adagio of the network in vocational education between St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba in the past three years. The network has already resulted in two inter-island conferences at which professionals in vocational education shared their experiences and gained inspiration.
The C-vet committee, consisting of Rosalie Edelstein of Gwendoline van Putten (GvP) School in St. Eustatius, Anton Hermans of Saba Comprehensive School and the St. Maarten representative of the School Board for Secondary Education SVOBE schools decided to structurally share their plans for professional development.
This initiative resulted in a unique form of collaboration: from August 14 to August 23 the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) assessor training, planned by GvP School, took place at Milton Peters College on St. Maarten with three participants from GvP School and New Challenges Foundation on Statia, four from Saba day-care centres, and four from St. Maarten, represented by Sundial School, MPC, St. Maarten Academy PSVE and National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA).
Trainer Marlyn Rawlins from Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Council in Barbados, had a very intensive programme in test construction
up her sleeve. Course participants honed their skills in how to effectively assess students and workers in executing a certain vocational task, such as “welcoming clients in a customer-friendly way” and “identifying the right tools to repair a car transmission.” The training was completed with a practical exam during which the participants had to administer their test to a small group of students, and show the trainer mastery of the required assessment skills.
TVET Council Barbados will inform them in October if they can officially call themselves CVQ assessors in their subject area.
The Daily Herald.