International Vocational Education and Training Association

Latin America and the Caribbean

Vice President for this Region: 

Nigel Forgenie, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I

Nigel Forgenie s the Chief Executive Officer of - The Youth Training Employment Partnership Programme Limited YTEPP- a government agency in Trinidad and Tobago. His mandate as CEO is to develop the employability and self-employment prospects of the nation’s youth through Technical Vocational Skills Training. This position he has held for the past seven (7) years 2006 - current.

Prior to this appointment, Nigel Forgenie served as Head of the Center for Leadership Development at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business – University of the West Indies which has oversight for Corporate Training 2003-2006.   He has attend several IVETA International Conferences and was a presenter at the conference in Australia.

His Masters Degree is in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a topic he has written and spoken on extensively.

Regional Report:  Fall 2015


My region consist of countries and islands which can be considered as developing which brings with itmany attendant challenges forthe TVET sector. In the Caribbean in particular we are considered as Small Developing Island States (SIDS),  and are saddled with particular challenges due to our small size in-terms of population, land size and natural resources which are not easily commercialized. Many of our VET systems and facilities need up- dating.

The Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) within the last year has launched the CARICOM regional TVET strategy for workforce development and economic competitiveness With funding from the Government of Canada, the Strategy was developed after extensive consultations with more than 350 stakeholders in CARICOM Member States. It was approved by the Council for Human and Social Development at its 24th meeting (which focused on Education) and endorsed at the Council’s 26th meeting (which focused on Labour). The Strategy is now guiding action plans in member states as they implement the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) and strengthen delivery of Technical Vocational Education and Training.

There is an opportunity forIVETA to increase membership by facilitating

Tutor development opportunities

Best practice sharing

Advice on training lab design

 Professional learning opportunities

Sharing of curricular and standards  so that the wheel doesn’t have to be reinvented

Opportunities for capacity building

Information on grant funding opportunities

Facilitation of Opportunities for student and teacher exchanges


To enable the facilitation of same it is possible that IVETA can establish an “online TVET market” where this pertinent information and opportunities can be traded.

Some of the territories are beneficiaries of international capacity building programmes through agencies such as the ILO, CEFE and others. Through the ILO a number of regional training agencies have been linked together to support initiatives which bolster programmes for implementation of TVET.  

Region Report - August 2015 - Latin America and Caribbean - submitted by Nigel Forgenie

   Countries in the Region:

Antigua and Barbuda








Costa Rica



Dominican Republic


El Salvador












St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Lucia

St. Vincent and the Grenadines


Trinidad and Tobago


Venezuela, RB

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