Ben­e­fits of CVQ in In­dus­try

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BUSINESS - By Colvis Sa­muels (Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer at Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, TVET Coun­cil)

The per­for­mance of many or­ga­ni­za­tions to­day is chal­lenged by sev­eral in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal op­er­at­ing fac­tors. To sur­vive in our highly com­pet­i­tive and dy­namic global mar­ket, all the fac­tors of an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s op­er­a­tion must be man­aged and mon­i­tored in such a way that the busi­ness re­al­izes high pro­duc­tiv­ity and long-term ben­e­fits. One fun­da­men­tal fac­tor of an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s op­er­a­tions is its hu­man re­source. Hav­ing pro­fes­sional em­ploy­ees is a valu­able as­set in strength­en­ing and main­tain­ing an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s growth and ob­jec­tives.

In any mean­ing­ful dis­cus­sion on pro­fes­sion­al­ism, words such as com­pe­tence, ef­fi­ciency, skill and qual­ity of work are cer­tain to emerge. Some may char­ac­ter­ize pro­fes­sion­al­ism pri­mar­ily as work­ing well and dress­ing smartly. How­ever, oth­ers may take a pro­found pos­ture on pro­fes­sion­al­ism as the skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions that em­ploy­ees are ex­pected to pos­sess. One such qual­i­fi­ca­tion avail­able to em­ploy­ees and prospec­tive em­ploy­ees in Saint Lu­cia and the re­gion is the Caribbean Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion (CVQ).

This qual­i­fi­ca­tion is an award that rep­re­sents the achieve­ment of a set of com­pe­tences that de­fine the core work prac­tices of an oc­cu­pa­tional area, con­sis­tent with the lev­els ar­tic­u­lated within the re­gional qual­i­fi­ca­tions frame­work. This award sig­ni­fies that the in­di­vid­ual has demon­strated a level of achieve­ment and com­pe­tence mea­sured against es­tab­lished in­dus­try cri­te­ria or stan­dards.

To earn the award, can­di­dates must demon­strate com­pe­tence in reach­ing oc­cu­pa­tional stan­dards that have been ap­proved by CARICOM and de­vel­oped by prac­ti­tion­ers, em­ploy­ers and other in­dus­try ex­perts.

The ben­e­fits to be de­rived by em­ploy­ers, em­ploy­ees, and job-seek­ers from the CVQ in­clude:

1. Im­proved ser­vices: • Within any or­ga­ni­za­tion,

em­ploy­ees who pos­sess CVQs are val­i­dated in their area of ex­per­tise. The em­ploy­ees’ in­creased stan­dard of per­for­mance in­jects into the or­ga­ni­za­tion an over­all im­prove­ment in the delivery of qual­ity ser­vice to cus­tomers. This en­hances the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s rep­u­ta­tion as sat­is­fied cus­tomers would not hes­i­tate to boast of re­ceiv­ing qual­ity ser­vice from qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als. Pro­duc­tiv­ity within the or­ga­ni­za­tion is also im­proved as cer­ti­fied em­ploy­ees of­ten work more com­pe­tently and ef­fi­ciently than un­cer­ti­fied col­leagues, and their pres­ence can help im­prove the pro­duc­tiv­ity of team projects.

2. Con­fi­dence build­ing: • Em­ploy­ees who pos­sess

CVQs have a con­fi­dence boost, higher self-es­teem and more pride in them­selves. This has the domino ef­fect of in­creased mo­ti­va­tion. When em­ployee mo­ti­va­tion in­creases, prob­lems such as ab­sen­teeism at work de­crease, and more pro­duc­tive prac­tices be­come no­tice­able. These em­ploy­ees stand bet­ter chances of pro­mo­tion with bet­ter pay and more sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment. Of note, too, is the fact that since em­ploy­ees of all ages can ac­quire CVQs, re­gard­less of ed­u­ca­tional back­ground, older em­ploy­ees with­out other qual­i­fi­ca­tions can be more con­fi­dent in what they do. The sense of value of these qual­i­fied em­ploy­ees, en­cour­ages them to re­main com­mit­ted to their jobs.

3. Sta­bil­ity: • Be­ing bet­ter qual­i­fied

in­creases fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity and ac­cel­er­ates ca­reer ad­vance­ment for the em­ployee. The em­ployee be­comes more mar­ketable and there is also in­creased in­dus­try recog­ni­tion. There is more flex­i­bil­ity to move from one busi­ness to an­other as well as ex­ter­nal val­i­da­tion and proven achieve­ment that can be rec­og­nized and re­spected by prospec­tive em­ploy­ers. Ar­ti­sans are also able to move and work freely in the re­gion.

4. Mo­ti­va­tion to col­leagues: • Em­ploy­ees who ac­quire

CVQs in a cho­sen in­dus­try demon­strate a com­mit­ment to con­tin­ued learn­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and pro­fes­sional growth which can help mo­ti­vate other em­ploy­ees and new en­trants into the busi­ness to get qual­i­fied them­selves. With such demon­stra­tion of pro­fes­sional pride among em­ploy­ees, there is a greater level of re­spect to­wards the qual­i­fied em­ploy­ees from their col­leagues. This will au­gur well for an em­ployer within any busi­ness sec­tor or or­ga­ni­za­tion, as it can re­duce em­ployee turnover and cost as­so­ci­ated to re­cruit­ment of new em­ploy­ees, when qual­i­fied per­son­nel is re­quired.

5. Job-seek­ers: • CVQs are es­sen­tial to job­seek­ers to pre­pare in­di­vid­u­als for the world of work.

By and large, the Caribbean Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion im­proves the ef­fi­ciency and ef­fec­tive­ness of em­ploy­ees in in­dus­try, and busi­nesses as a whole. In­di­vid­u­als who re­ceive this award are bet­ter poised to con­trib­ute to the achieve­ment of their goals and those of an or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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