New Engineering Certification Programme for Sixth-Form Students Announced By Dr. Grace McLean In conjunction with IIRQ
Sixth-form students pursuing a career in engineering are being given the opportunity to gain two certifications at the end of their two-year studies.While pursuing courses in the CAPE Associate Degree in Industrial Technology programme, students will also have an opportunity to sit examinations for matching courses in the City and Guilds Engineering2850 –Level 3 Diploma programme.
The proposal to twinboth engineering programmes was disclosed by Chief Education Officer, Dr Grace McLean at the Third International Conference on TVET in the Caribbean held recently in Montego Bay. The proposal, which is co-authored by Professor Gossett Oliver, principal of Kingston-based Institute of Internationally Recognised Qualifications (IIRQ), seeks to provide an alternative pathway for sixth-form students to pursue a career in Engineering.
Upon achievement of the City and Guilds Engineering 2850 – Level 3 Diploma plus two years of industrial experience, the students will qualify for International Professional Registration at the Engineering Technician Level and carry the title, Eng. Tech. This registration facilitates the mobility of their academic qualification across international borders based on the mutual recognition agreement of the Dublin Accord.
Alternatively, on achieving both the City and Guilds and the CAPE engineering certification, students are eligible for advanced placement into an engineering degree programme at the University of the West Indies Mona, where they will receive exemptions from some practical courses already covered.
Dr McLean disclosed that the Ministry of Education Youth and Information would initially offer the joint City and Guilds and CAPE engineering programme in six traditional high schools through the Career Advancement Programme, commencing in September this year. She added that the new initiative could be dovetailed into the Jamaican Registered Apprenticeship Programme (RAP).
Commenting on the proposed joint CAPE, City and Guilds engineering programme, Professor Oliver disclosed that IIRQ Technical and Career College would also offer it to students commencing this September. He noted that the initiative would contribute to expanding the pool of engineers that are much needed by the country, while equipping them with the qualification to gain jobs abroad.