ILO Caribbean Office-CINTEFOR launch new course on Quality apprenticeships in the Caribbean

Participants from Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago representing Ministries of Labour, employers’ and workers’ organizations and technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions are taking the course

News | 14 April 2022
Nineteen participants from Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago representing Ministries of Labour, employers’ and workers’ organizations and technical vocational education and training (TVET) institutions are taking a course on Quality Apprenticeship to enhance their skills to evaluate or develop and implement a Quality Apprenticeship Programme.

The new course which was launched virtually on 13 April 2022 will give participants an opportunity to share knowledge about quality apprenticeships and discuss key aspects in the roles and responsibilities of public and private institutions for the establishment of a successful apprenticeship system in their respective countries.

During the launch, Anne Caroline Posthuma, Director, Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (ILO/CINTEFOR) explained the importance of revising and designing the Quality Apprenticeships course for participants from the Caribbean. “As we emerge from the impacts of the COVID pandemic and its devastating impacts on labour markets, facilitating transition to employment through the provision of quality training is even more pertinent”.

In his remarks, Dennis Zulu, Director, ILO Decent work Team and Office for the Caribbean explained the rationale behind initiating discussions with CINTEFOR in supporting member States in the Caribbean in implementing a skills apprenticeship programme. “In my travels recently across the region, I've spoken to employers who really are interested in ensuring that they have access to young people who have the skills, or the experience needed to hit the ground running” stated Mr. Zulu.

In the Caribbean, it is instructive to note that TVET structures and supporting mechanisms have been instrumental in dealing with the youth unemployment crisis. Against this backdrop, member States have reached out to the ILO in an urgent call to assist in improving these learning systems and strengthen their links to the private sector so that they can be aligned to labour market demands.

The course which runs from 11 April – 20 May 2022 will be facilitated by ILO experts in skills development and youth employment including Gonzalo Grana, Programme Officer, CINTEFOR and Hassan Ndahi, Senior Specialist, Skills and Employability, ILO Decent work Team and Office for the Caribbean.

Quality apprenticeships is an effective and efficient approach to skills development, combining on-the-job and off-the-job learning in all occupational areas enabling workers learners to acquire and demonstrate competencies needed in the workplace.