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CARICOM Education for Employment Program (C-EFE)

Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago | Caribbean

Project Description

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) supported various Carribean countries through the CARICOM Education for Employment (C-EFE) regional program designed to contribute to economic growth by developing a more competitive, productive and gender-equitable Caribbean workforce. CICan assisted with the development of a number of policies and resources to guide regional harmonization of technical and vocational education and training (TVET). C-EFE focused on strengthening Caribbean institutional capacity to develop and deliver demand-driven TVET that meet the needs of employers looking to hire locally-trained skilled workers. C-EFE was developed in response to a pressing challenge in the Carribean, that is, a significant number of out-of-school and unemployed youth across the region lacked the qualifications and skills to find employment.

Start Date:

December 1, 2010

End Date:

March 31, 2018

Objectives

Ultimate

Increased economic growth through the development of a more competitive, productive and gender-equitable Caribbean workforce

Intermediate

  • Strengthen regional coordination of Quality Assurance for demand-driven, gender, and environmentally sensitive TVET and workforce certification systems;
  • Increased employment, including self-employment, among female and male TVET graduates and certified workers, including disadvantaged groups;
  • Enhanced delivery of quality competency-based, demand-driven, and gender- and environmentally-sensitive TVET across the CARICOM region

Key Outcomes

  • 23 new demand-driven programs developed;
  • 2,906 (1,971 male/935 female) students enrolled in TVET programs;
  • 1,603 (948 males/655 females) graduated from the programs;
  • 356 graduates employed;
  • 347 instructors trained in CBET
  • 12 National TVET Action Plans developed

Funded By

Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Mining (Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics)

Results Achieved:
Guyana: (i) 1 new program in Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics, with occupational standards developed; (ii) 29 (16 male/13 female) students enrolled; (iii) 38 (25 male/13 female) faculty members trained in Computer Based Education and Training (CBET)
College Partner(s):
College of the North Atlantic (lead); Fisheries and Marine Institute

Renewable Energy and Efficiency Technology-L4 & 5

Results Achieved:
Jamaica: (i) 1 new program in Renewable Energy and Efficient Technology (REET) developed; (ii) 92 (89 male/3 female) students enrolled. St. Kitts and Nevis: (i) 65 staff and instructors attended a Student Success workshop; (ii) 17 faculty members participated in an entrepreneurship workshop; (iii) 19 faculty members trained in CBET
College Partner(s):
St. Lawrence College

Creative/Cultural Industries

Results Achieved:
Grenada: 1 new program developed in the Creative & Cultural Industries
College Partner(s):
Nova Scotia Community College

Agriculture (Associate Applied Agriculture - Production Crops and Animals - L3)

Results Achieved:
Suriname: 83 instructors and staff trained in CBET techniques
College Partner(s):
Lakeland College (lead); Bow Valley College; Parkland College

Early Childhood Development - L1 & 2

Results Achieved:
St. Lucia: (i) 1 National Gender Policy (ii) 1 new program in Early Childhood Education, with standards developed; (iii) 30 (2 males/28 females) students enrolled
College Partner(s):
Seneca College

Agriculture

Results Achieved:
St. Vincent and Grenadines: (i) 1 new program in Agicultural Science developed and delivered; (ii) 106 graduates employed; (iii) 12 graduates enrolled in further education or training
College Partner(s):
University of Guelph - Kemptville Campus (lead); Dalhousie University

Agriculture (Agri-business Management)

Results Achieved:
Dominica: (i) 1 new program in Agri-Business program developed; (ii) 50 Students enrolled; (iii) 22 students trained in sustainable construction techniques
College Partner(s):
Dalhousie University (lead); University of Guelph – Kemptville Campus

Agriculture (Food Processing)

Results Achieved:
Suriname: (i) 1 new program in Food Processing developed; (ii) 20 Students enrolled; (iii) 83 instructors and staff trained in CBET techniques
College Partner(s):
Fisheries and Marine Institute (lead); Centennial College

Agriculture (Agricultural Studies - Agro-technology)

Results Achieved:
St. Kitts and Nevis: (i) 1 new program developed in Agricultural Business, including establishment of an agri-business innovation centre; (ii) 65 staff and instructors attended a Student Success workshop; (iii) 17 faculty members participated in an entrepreneurship workshop; (iv) 19 faculty members trained in CBET
College Partner(s):
Dalhousie University (lead); Nova Scotia Community College

Aircraft Maintenance

Results Achieved:
Antigua and Barbuda: (i) 1 new program in Aircraft Maintenance developed ; (ii) 101 trainees enrolled in short courses in Yacht Repair; (iii) 51 trainees graduated; (iv) 4 graduates were enrolled in further education and training
College Partner(s):
College of the North Atlantic (lead); Fisheries and Marine Institute

Environmental Sustainability Practices

Results Achieved:
Grenada: (i) 1 new programs developed in Environmental Sustainability Practices; (ii) 21 (9 male /12 female) students enrolled in Environmental Sustainability Practices program. Dominica: 22 students trained in sustainable construction techniques
College Partner(s):
Canadore College lead); Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Logistics

Results Achieved:
Jamaica: (i) 1 new program in Logistics Management developed; (ii) 20 students enrolled
College Partner(s):
Niagara College (lead); Fisheries and Marine Institute

Renewable Energy

Results Achieved:
Barbados: (i) 3 Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) for Photovoltaic Installer, Wind Power Technician, and Energy Auditor developed; (ii) 162 (152 males/10 females) students enrolled in Solar PV Installation for Roofer Fitter courses; (iii) 65 staff and instructors trained in student success techniques; (iv) 17 faculty members participated in an entrepreneurship workshop. St. Vincent and the Grenadines: (i) 106 graduates employed; (ii) 12 graduates enrolled in further education or training
College Partner(s):
Sault College

Automotive Electronics

Results Achieved:
Guyana: (i) 1 new program in Automotive Electronics, with occupational standards developed; (ii) 16 (12 male/4 female) students enrolled; (iii) 38 (25 male/13 female) faculty members trained in Computer Based Education and Training (CBET)
College Partner(s):
Durham College (lead); College of the North Atlantic; Fisheries and Marine Institute

Geriatics

Results Achieved:
(i) 1 new program in gerontology developed; (ii) 12 students enrolled; (iii) 83 istructors and staff trained in CBET techniques
College Partner(s):
Selkirk College

Cosmetology

Results Achieved:
Trinidad and Tobago: (i) 2 new programs in Esthetics and Hairdressing developed; (ii) 1 short course in Career and Enterprise Essentials; (iii) 64 students enrolled; (iv) 41 instructors and technical supervisors trained in CBET
College Partner(s):
Vancouver Island University

Pre-Technology

Results Achieved:
554 (269 male/285 female) students graduated from pre-technology programs in construction, cosmetology, agriculture; data operations and horticulture
College Partner(s):
Parkland College

Pre-Technology

Results Achieved:
Grenadines: (i) 1 program in Youth Skills Development (YSD) developed and delivered (ii) 220 trainees participated in short YSD programs; (iii) 106 graduates employed; (iv) 12 graduates enrolled in further education or training. Dominica: (i) 57 (18 male/39 female) students completed pre-technology training in hospitality, housekeeping, bar tending, horticulture and maintenance; (ii) 24 students employed; (ii) 6 students enrolled in further education and training
College Partner(s):
College of the Rockies (lead); Nova Scotia Community College; Bow Valley College

Pre-Technology

Results Achieved:
St. Lucia: 97 (69 male/28 female) students graduates of pre-technology training program in the sailing/marine industry. Grenada: (i) 104 (51 male/53 female) students enrolled in pre-technology courses in the hospitality sector; (ii) 102 (50 male/52 female) students graduated from pre-technology courses in the hospitality sector. Antigua and Barbuda: (i) 101 trainees enrolled in short courses in Yacht Repair; (ii) 51 trainees graduated; (iii) 4 graduates enrolled in further education and training.
College Partner(s):
Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Île

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