Course: Philosophical Foundations of TVET and WFD EDTV6000 Lecturer:Dr. Halden Morris
Date: October 3, 2011.
I have to admit that my formal knowledge of Technical and Vocational Education and training was somewhat limited prior to the beginning of this course, Philosophical Foundations of TVET and Workforce Development. My interest has now deepen as I now realise that I have experienced the hands of TVET since high school and now as an educator in training in the field of Educational Administration. As a matter of fact, I have felt with great sadness, a sense of un-accomplishment after graduating from my first tertiary institution. I was a product of the educated masses without any form of workforce training.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training is I believe the hallmark of a successful country and contented citizens. For too long have we sat back and allowed local and international groups railroad our Country Jamaica and its resources to satisfy our personal agenda. I read with disappointment the statistics stated by our Education Minister during the launch of Heart College of Innovation and Technology recently. It read that in a study conducted by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), from a group of over one million people, 71% of the workforce were without job training. This means that the very large group are wasting precious time and regressing our country’s productivity rate. In addition, time needed to train these people placed in the workforce is very expensive. I believe that as a TVET practitioner, we need to join with the pack of researchers in the field of TVET and revolutionise our country, region and the world at large. Policy makers have the power to and should turn their attention in implementing TVET programs into schools and other institutions. Stakeholders such as private sectors need to join forces with schools and colleges to develop TVET in...