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May 8, 2014

Second National TVET Conference

The Ministry of Education today hosted the Second National TVET Conference in Belize City. It’s all about showcasing and celebrating education, with a focus on the promotion of technical and vocational education and training in a holistic way. Featuring guest speakers from the region, the seminar is targeting all stakeholders in vocational education, from trainees to employers. The focus is on the importance of regional certification – what’s called the Caribbean Vocational Qualification. Stakeholders in vocational education, including managers and staff of ITVETS countrywide, were on hand to provide input on moving forward. Margarita Gomez is the Director for Employment Training and Education Services in the Ministry of Education and she told us that while the session is small, the message is important.


Dr. Margarita Gomez, Director for Employment Training & Education Services

Margarita Gomez

“The message is for everyone. The message first for the employers is that we need to recognize when we are employing persons that we look for persons who are qualified, who are competent, who have proved what they have been trained for. So at the end of the day they can definitely be assured that there will be productivity within their organizations….productivity in terms of the remuneration they will be receiving for the services they offer. From the personal, the trainee standpoint, it’s also important because you want to be recognized in terms of remuneration…the value that you have. If you do not have certification they can take advantage of you. Anybody can pay you anything and say, you know, you need this job. But if you have this certification you fall at a certain standard. And so no matter where you go in the region…CSME is already on us, but when it becomes more obvious, when many persons from the region come and compete in our very own country for our very own jobs…I think that will be important as well…because we will be able to prove to the employers that despite us being in Belize, we too are qualified. We too can be competent. And also if we go abroad in any other place across the region, that they will give us what we deserve in terms of the training, the certification and the standards that we carry. So it’s a message for everyone…the students, the employee, the employer, the parents….because the parents need to know why they are investing in their children to be certified…so it’s not something where they would just send them and it has no value.”

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