TVET critical in advancing economic development of Jamaica

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Print this page Email A Friend!

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan Stanberry says technical, vocational, education and training (TVET) will play a critical role in the economic advancement of the country.

He noted that with expanded TVET activities “particularly in agriculture” the economy will become more developed as currently “we are hard pressed to find the range of skills we need to develop the sector”.

The Permanent Secretary was addressing a Partner Appreciation Ceremony to recognise those organisations integral to the equipping and retrofitting of the Crooked River/ Brae Head Skills Training Centre in Clarendon, on yesterday.

The organisations include: the European Union (EU), the Embassy of Japan and the Sugar Transformation Unit in the Ministry.

Stanberry added that finding persons with the skills set of livestock officer, veterinarian technician or agronomist is difficult, especially “when you go into our universities (and) half of the students are studying management and business and philosophy”.

He informed that the skills offered by the training centre such as bartending, apiculture (beekeeping) and general beauty therapy all at HEART Trust/NTA level 2 certification, are not to be frowned upon especially when the need arises for such skills.

Meanwhile, Stanberry emphasised that agriculture, “must be a catalyst and stand at the centre of rural development”.
“We have not yet developed to a stage where we have found a replacement for agriculture as the main economic activity in places like Crooked River in Northern Clarendon and all over rural Jamaica,” he said.

Stanberry noted that there needs to be a renewed emphasis and focus on rural development.




1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

comments powered by Disqus



Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon