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Vocational trade progamme among several plans for this school year

The Ministry of Education has devised a vocational trade programme that will train and equip students for targeted employment in the territory.

Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley announced this among several new plans and policies to be implemented during the 2020/2021 academic school year.

Dr Wheatley was speaking at the 2020 Teachers Professional Day press conference and said the programme is more geared towards students who are more inclined with their hands than with academics.

“I have granted permission to the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies to pilot a vocational trade grade at the institution where selected students will be the first to follow a course specifically geared towards helping students get employment-ready skills and knowledge for particular occupations.”

“By graduation out of secondary school, the students in this programme would be work-ready and able to receive certification in their chosen field as well as their secondary certification from the Virgin Islands system,” he added.

Apprenticeship programme

The minister further said there will be an apprenticeship aspect within the programme whereby students can take advantage of by familiarizing themselves with their potential career choice.

“It will allow for a more skills-oriented curriculum along with an apprenticeship programme which would see students attending school for three days per week, and attached to industry for two days,” the minister stated.

“Similarly, the alternative secondary education programme will introduce an apprenticeship programme. It will be a supervised work-based programme with a duration of at least one calendar year for each cohort; after which the apprentice will have a final assessment and be certified,” he explained.

Technological and vocational education and training council

Dr Wheatley also said the technological and vocational education and training council will be revived this year.

He said the main functions will be to advise on policy and prepare plans relating to technological and vocational education and training that follows national policies and economic needs.

The council will also monitor and make recommendations to ensure agreed plans are implemented, recommend standards, and give advice on the coordination of technological and vocational education, and training at all levels of the education system.

Education Advisory Board to be in place

Dr Wheatley further said plans have already begun to set up the previously-announced Education Advisory Board within the territory this year.

He said members of the board will include past and present educators, representatives from the business and religious community, as well as a parent and a representative of higher education. 

“This group will advise me as minister on education matters on the growth and development of the education sector,” he stated.

Special Education Council

Dr Wheatley further said he will also be taking steps to establish a special education council in the BVI.

He said the council will be tasked with reviewing the already-existing student programme within his ministry and provide guidance to further strengthen it.

The council will have an education officer whose role will play a significant part in the council and its functioning.


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  1. Only want to hear you says:

    When you reopen schools

  2. Ok says:

    Get it going. waiting

  3. Local says:

    Thank you Myron Walwyn for your vision to get this school started.

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    • @ Local says:

      Amen to that…….

    • Hmmm says:

      School started in 2004

    • Education for All says:

      … the program [set] up in such a way that many who need it will never benefit from it. The program is available from 10th Grade and restrictions have been put in place which hinders some students from entering (even though they could benefit from learning a trade). I think that this program should be offered from as early as Grade 7 as there are students who need it. Many of these students become frustrated by the programs currently being offered and drop out before getting to 10th Grade.

  4. College apprenticeship says:

    It is great that we are doing this at the High School level but it should also be available at Lavity. Apprenticeship programs are implemented world wide and gives students to really hone their skills. Its the right thing to do and I they perform well they have a job when they graduate.

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