Country

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)


Category

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Status

Ongoing


Years

2013-Present


Funding Agency

The Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development), and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development


Caribbean Education for Employment Program - Youth Skills Development Programme

The Youth Skills Development Programme (YSD) was designed to prepare 15 – 29-year-old participants who are not in school and not employed for further education and training. The programme used applied learning strategies to develop essential employability skills, vocational skills, and academic skills.

The YSD was funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development), and the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development. The programme achieved the outcome of providing enhanced economic opportunities for disadvantaged groups (youth and women) in participating countries through the delivery of high-quality training, and overall improvement of the reach, quality and sustainability of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programming coordinated by National Training Agencies in the Caribbean.

The 36-month YSD Project in Dominica was a partnership between College of the Rockies, BVC, and Nova Scotia Community College, and was completed at the end of 2016.

Description of Actual Services Provided:

  • Advising on how to liaise with industry to make programming and training relevant. This included establishing a program advisory committee with private sector representation, and establishing work placement opportunities for students.
  • Developed an orientation program for each stakeholder group: the training institution leaders, the participants and the employers.
  • Curriculum development and implementation. Including the development of training resources to support delivery of revised or new curriculum.
  • Developed a career guidance module or delivery approach for use with participants.
  • Recruiting or assign trainers, counsellors, and a programme coordinator, if required.
  • Providing train the trainers workshops on program delivery.
  • Developed appropriate marketing materials for student recruitment and retetion.

Description of Results Achieved:
This initiative aided in the reform and approach to the delivery of skills training at partner institutions. This included updating the curriculum design process and teaching practices ensuring the sustainability of the program beyond its lifetime. 

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