To enhance the marketability of nationals within the Construction industry, the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries (DCSI) and the Builders and Contractors Association of Dominica (BCAD) have launched a Caribbean Vocational Qualifications Skills Assessment And Recognition Certification Program for construction workers.
In an exclusive interview with GIS News, Executive Director of the DCSI, Lester Riviere, revealed that the DCSI is responsible for developing the standards of the non-tourist service sector. One of the areas of focus is the certification of persons involved in the construction industry.
“The Coalition of Service Industries is an agency….especially responsible for professional development, export development, certification and standards for the non-tourist service sector in Dominica. One of the key initiatives with which we’re involved right now is a certification programme for the construction industry.”
Riviere listed, “carpentry, masonry, concrete and steel fixing, equipment operations and maintenance, electricals, general construction, plumbing and pipe fittings. These are the areas being covered under the CARICOM CVQ Programme.”
He explained that the programme is “a prior learning and assessment programme targeted at working individuals with a number of years of experience in the industry
The Executive Director noted that is necessary for individuals within the industry to be certified, in order to be better suited for marketability within the region and internationally. This qualification will also play a key role in developing individuals’ strengths.
He also encouraged all persons within the industry to come out and get certified.
Interested persons should contact the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries at 440 8740 or visit their offices on Hanover Street in Roseau.