Many young people in the region find it challenging to secure formal employment, because a large proportion of high school graduates leave without any formal qualifications.
We responded to these needs by signing contracts with regional governments to offer our Mathematics & English qualifications through secondary schools. Qualified school leavers are then able to fulfill criteria to progress into jobs, vocational or tertiary education.
We shape our products and services to adapt to the changing needs of the region.
An example of how we responded to emerging skills needs is our work with the local security industry: reacting to a demand from Caribbean security companies, we have introduced our internationally recognised security qualifications in the region.
In Trinidad and Tobago our objective was to increase the number of people in employment. Our approach was to provide accessible qualifications in the most needed job sectors in Trinidad and Tobago. As a result, over 120,000 learners, or over 11% of the population, were awarded with a City & Guilds qualification.
In Jamaica we have awarded over 30,000 candidates certifications in Mathematics & English and other skills since we started operating in the country.
Our learners are hardworking and successful; 35 learners achieved City & Guilds Medals of Excellence in 2015 and out of those 9 were Trinidadians. In the past, 5 former Jamaican learners’ excellence was recognised by gaining the prestigious City & Guilds Fellowship.