Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has received focussed attention at a regional level through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), anchored by the 1990 Regional Strategy for TVET. In 2013, the Regional Strategy was revised, and TVET was redefined and promoted as an agent of Workforce Development and Economic Competitiveness.
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) supports interventions in education and training, particularly for unemployed youths and people at-risk, as critical to the achievement of national and regional social and economic development.
The evaluation covers the period 1990-2012 and takes account of the results articulated in BMCs Human Resource and Education Strategies, Strategic Plans and Country Strategies; and projects/programmes; as well as current trends and good practices in TVET across projects in Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the OECS.
The objectives of the evaluation were to: (a) take stock of regional and international evidence of the effectiveness of TVET; (b) assess the performance of CDB interventions; (c) identify lessons of experience; and (d) provide strategic, policy, administrative and operational recommendations to inform future interventions. The report presents the key findings, issues and recommendations that emerge from the assessment of the TVET interventions financed by CDB.