The Barbados Accreditation Council has commenced the pilot implementation phase of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with the selection of six (6) tertiary education and training providers from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector. The TVET sector was chosen at a wider stakeholders’ forum for the pilot implementation phase given the diverse nature of these providers and the qualifications being offered to the public.
The six (6) providers, Barbados Community College (BCC), Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP), Career Development Institute (CDI), Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB), Allied Health Institute and Semaj International School of Cosmetology and Trichology, were selected based on national areas of interest namely, Health and Wellness (including Beauty Services), Green Energy, Agriculture and the Creative Industries.
Dr. Sylvia Henry, Instructional Development Specialist, Instructional Development Specialist, Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus was the facilitator for the first meeting held on June 29; and Ms Valda Alleyne, Executive Director and Mrs. Sharon Alleyne and Mrs. Alitia Quintyne, Quality Assurance Officers of the BAC were the facilitators for the meeting on July 14 this year. These meetings entailed working on the providers’ qualifications that would be pitched at Level 2 and 3 (Certificate and Diploma levels) of the NQF in the specific areas identified to ensure that these qualifications meet the NQF requirements.