(EMU) – St. Kitts, March, 20, 2017: Trainees, staff and management of the Advanced Vocational Education Centre (AVEC) hosted their open day on Thursday 16th March at the facility under the theme, “Develop a skill – Begin a career.” In addition to exhibitions, the open day included live demonstrations, of the trainees displaying their skills mastered in the various disciplines provided at AVEC. The aim of the event was to give visitors a better understanding of the training and work that is being offered at the establishment, and to give them the opportunity to learn more about the possibilities of development through AVEC. Declaring the commencement of activities for the open day was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Vincent Hodge, who commended the Director and staff of AVEC for the guidance they provide to the trainees not only academically but in life skills as well, “This represents a wide array of skills, knowledge and aptitudes that young people should continue to develop for their own advancement as well for the development of the country.”
The Advanced Vocational Education Centre is a staple within the Federation. The unique post secondary institution of learning focuses on Vocational Training. AVEC prepares individuals, 16yrs and over, to enter the world of work. Some of the programmes offered at AVEC are, General Construction, Welding, Cosmetology, Motor Vehicle Repairs, Data Processing and Office Administration, General Accounting, Commercial Food Preparation. A new addition, Computer Graphics is set to come on stream shortly.
The non traditional fields of study offered at AVEC have been becoming increasingly more popular as the Federation’s educational system seeks to mirror worldwide standards in trends towards vocational education. As a result young persons would be better suited skill-wise to fill gaps. They leave equipped to be employable and entrepreneurial.