Monday 12 November, 2018

Education Ministry partners with City & Guilds for engineering course

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with City & Guilds International has officially launched City & Guilds Engineering qualifications alongside CAPE associates degree for sixth form students in the upcoming academic year, 2018-19.

The engineering course of study is a combination of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) Associate Degree in Industrial Technology and The City & Guilds Engineering #2850- Level 3 Diploma (Electrical Pathway).

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will have globally recognised and accepted qualifications that will allow them to pursue either further studies and/or employment. 

“We are very proud that 10 new schools are being brought on board for the engineering programme this year,” said Marva Duncanson, Caribbean Regional Representative for City & Guilds. "These include Alpha Academy, Excelsior High School and Kingston Technical High School. We’re also very pleased with the exam results for 2018 from the original participating schools which are York Castle HS, Jamaica College, Ardenne High School, Mona High School and St. George’s College.  Of course, Caribbean Maritime University, Brown’s Town Community College and the Institute of International Recognized Qualifications were also on board.”

Having successfully completed the pilot Engineering programme in 2017-18, the ministry has gone one step further this year by introducing another new pilot programme, City & Guilds Skills Proficiency Awards that provide qualifications to students for entry level employment across 16 occupational routes.

The City & Guilds Proficiency Awards #3529 give learners a gateway to entry level employment across different occupational areas including: plumbing, motor vehicle servicing, electrical installation, food preparation and others. 

According to Duncanson, the new Skills Proficiency Awards #3529 pilot programme will be offered at 26 high schools including Dunoon Technical, Lacovia High and Central High School.   The assessment strategy is via portfolio, oral questioning and practical tasks under the oversight of City & Guilds External Verifiers who are Subject Specialists. 

The benefits of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) model, as provided by City & Guilds, are provision of entry and middle level candidates with applicable skills who immediately meet local manpower needs through programmes of study that focus on ‘practical’ application.  All of this is bolstered by international acceptance of the qualifications that will allow our students to cross borders and work with recognizable certification.

Regarding further training after Sixth form, Professor Gossett Oliver, Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute and Dean of the CMU Graduate School of Engineering stated, “The advanced Engineering programmes at Levels 4 and 6 are is in the process of being incorporated at the Caribbean Maritime University.” 

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