After the CCSLC program, students can stream into the first two CVQ-levels (CVQ 1 and CVQ 2). The Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) program is secondary vocational education, based on practical and competency-based education and competency-based examinations. The CVQ is an award that represents the achievement of a set of competencies which define core work practices of an occupational area. CVQ students are expected to demonstrate their competence in attaining the occupational standards of their CVQ, organized in units of study. Students are assessed and judged on each unit and a judgment is made as to whether the student is ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’.
The CVQ system also focuses on socialization for citizenship, for example:
- Behaviors necessary to ensure teamwork and cooperation
- Effective inter-personal skills
- Proper work ethic, and
- Occupational health and safety.
CVQ’s are available in several industry sectors and occupational areas. In schoolyear 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 students at the GvP School are in the following CVQ’s:
- Commercial Food Preparation & Cookery
- General Construction
- Early Childhood Development
In addition to the chosen CVQ, English, Dutch, Math, Social Studies and Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM) are mandatory subjects. CVQ students also will have to attend apprenticeship (one fifth of the program is job training). Students usually take two years to finalize their CVQ. With the CVQ certificate, students have several options to further their (vocational) education or to enter the labor market.
CVQ students are encouraged to take CSEC subjects as electives.