Vol. 21 (2013)
Articles

Delivering TVET at the Secondary Level: a practical approach

Halden A. Morris
The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
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Carole M. Powell
Facilitation and Consultancy Training Services (FACTS) Limited, Manchester, Mandeville
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Keywords

  • Secondary Education,
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training,
  • Secondary School Curriculum,
  • Curriculum Development,
  • Curriculum Implementation,
  • Human Resources Development,
  • Pilot Projects,
  • Jamaica
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Abstract

Secondary education can be regarded as the watershed of the education continuum, as it is positioned between compulsory primary education and the world of higher education, training and work. Hence, curricular content at this level should be enriched and should be culturally sensitive towards the holistic and relevant development of learners. The scope to provide a complementary mix between academics and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in order to respond to global demands is evident, and should be pursued in order to facilitate human capital development (HCD). Challenges envisioned and experienced in implementing such formidable currricula exist, nevertheless with smart engaging approaches it is believed that these can be overcome. This paper presents a practical approach piloted in Jamaica to facilitate the delivery of TVET in an economical manner. The approach emphazized gains in sharing upgraded resources for the delivery of TVET.