PRESENTATION FOR THE OAS WORKSHOP. Past Initiatives in Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Guyana. Formal technical education and training evolved from the introduction of technical subjects
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in the primary school curriculum. Technical subjects such as woodwork, school gardening, home economics, needlecraft and bookbinding were taught.
Exposure to primary education was preparation for work.
During the 1940s the demand for skilled manpower at all levels reached an acute stage. As a result, the number of primary and secondary schools that offered technical subjects on their curricula gradually increased also, particularly the 1940s and 1950s.
skilled personnel overseas.
As a consequence of the latter policy, the Government Technical Institute was established in 1951.In the years that followed, other TVET institutions were established, such as the Guyana School of Agriculture(1963),the Guyana Industrial Training Centre(1968), the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (1972) and more recently, the Linden Technical Institute and the Essequibo Technical Institute.
or diploma, or a certificate of proficiency.
output of the apprenticeship system which is
administered by the Board of Industrial Training in the Ministry of Labour.
during the initial two years, followed by another two years of on-the-job or in-plant training.
With regards to recent development in TVET and more specifically, regional strategies such as the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME).
The Government of Guyana successfully tabled two important legislative bills in parliament on July 22nd, 2004.
The other bill was the legislation for the establishment of a National Council for Technical and Vocational Education (NCTVET).
The NCTVET of Guyana will urgently proceed with the following, among other tasks;