Caribbean Education for Employment (C-EFE) brings CICan’s successful Education for Employment (EFE) model to the Caribbean region. The eight-year project (2011-2019) is designed to strengthen Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). C-EFE supports institutions, including National Training Agencies (NTAs), as they move to a more responsive, applied, demand-driven system that meets the needs of the labour market. Through partnerships with the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) and the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI), C-EFE takes an integrated approach to sustainable development, working at the institutional, employer, national and regional levels.
Three-pronged Approach to C-EFE
- Strengthening regional coordination
- Increasing employment
- Enhancing the delivery of quality, competency-based, demand-driven and gender & environmentally sensitive TVET across the region, focused on strengthening relationships between industry and education and on enhancing the skills of faculty and leaders within training institutions.
C-EFE ensures that students graduate with skills that are based on occupational standards. The program focuses on developing 16 new or renewed demand driven TVET programs that embed employability and entrepreneurship skills into the curriculum.
In 2013, with funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), C-EFE expanded to include the Youth Skills Development Programme (YSD) comprised of three pre-technology programmes. The YSD programme prepares at-risk or disadvantaged 15-29 year old trainees for further education and training leading to employment.
- 16 different partnerships involving 15 Caribbean and 18 Canadian colleges or institutes.
- 12 Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Jamaica, Belize, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname.
- 11 sectors: Agriculture, Aircraft Maintenance, Automotive Electronics, Creative/Cultural Industries, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Sustainability, Geriatrics and Cosmetology, Logistics, Mining and Renewable Energy.
- 3 pre-technology programmes in Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada and Antigua
- Program curricula and TVET leadership and instructor training programs embed gender equality, governance and environmental sustainability.
- Ultimate outcome: Increasingly competitive, productive and gender-equitable workforce in the CARICOM region.
C-EFE is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Trade and Development (DFATD). YSD is funded by the Government of the United Kingdom through the Department for International Development (DFID).