The Caribbean Electric Utilities Corporation (CARILEC) has concluded a milestone initiative to upgrade occupational standards for electric line workers to National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) credential level.
These Standards are critical to the process of continuous development, and to the standardization of training and certification in line with CARICOM Vocational Training (CVQ) credentials.
According to CARILEC’s Training Manager Laurena Primus, the CARILEC Line Worker programme holds major significance for the sector in the Caribbean region.
As an NVQ credential, it facilitates the OECS Free Movement of Skills regime. At the CARICOM level, it facilitates the Free Movement of Goods and Services CSME regime, which promotes the removal of barriers to intra- regional movement and the harmonization of standards to ensure acceptability of goods and services traded.
“In addition to establishing professional standards and accreditation for the industry in the region, the Standards will also fast track the process of pursuing CVQ accreditation, while also professionalizing the career of Caribbean line workers”, Ms. Primus explained.