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Ministry aims to change perceptions of vocational education

Employment Ministry officials said they intend to change the perception of technical and vocational training programmes.

Speaking at this week’s labour roundtable, Minister Tara Rivers stressed the importance of building demonstrative skills. She challenged the misconception that technical and vocational training is somehow lesser than traditional academics.

“We value all of the kinds of skill sets, and we are trying to reflect that in the way we reflect people’s demonstration of excellence. Certainly we know people are very technically inclined, and up until this point, has not been recognised formally, but it is now through the graduation criteria that has been adopted,” said Ms. Rivers.

For instance, she said it’s now possible for students to graduate with honours in the V-tech subjects from CIFEC, just like in science or the arts.

She said it’s essential to redefine not just success, but the methods of its pursuit.

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