Technical and Vocational Training is in demand and the Adult and
Continuing Education unit continues to expand its programme base.
In an interview with the API earlier today (Friday January 26, 2024),
Senior Education Officer Dearie J. K Richards said beyond the Literacy
and Numeracy programme being offered, there are specialised training
areas in Theatre Arts, Barbering, Cosmetology (hairdressing), Cake
Decorating and Tiling.
Tiling is an area that is in the planning stages to be done in practical
sessions at a Learning Resource Centre notably, Questelles, because of
the demand for that programme in that area.
Programmes are open to citizens 16 years and over. The Senior
Education Officer said the Adult and Continuing Education department
is committed to giving people a second chance, to impart skills training,
providing them with viable employability and preparation for further
Richards stressed that these programmes exist to cater to a specific
demographic who are vulnerable, unemployed and are in need.
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Richards added that some of the proprietors of the recently opened shops
in Glen and many of the Sandals recruits are graduates of Adult and
Continuing Education programmes, further demonstrating the
effectiveness of the programmes and the unit’s commitment to educating
The Senior Officer also announced that the department has changed the
name Basic literacy and Numeracy to Fundamentals of English
Language and Mathematics to reduce societal stigma.
Richards reiterates that the Adult and Continuing Education Department
will continue to provide Education to Vincentians to bolster academic
advancement and skills training.
The Adult and Continuing Education department was established in