On the eve of the 21st Century, CARICOM advocated the development and implementation of a Regional Vocational Qualifications Framework as a means of increasing competition and improving productivity throughout the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).  Jamaica was among the first countries in the region to implement the Framework and to issue National Vocational Qualification (NVQs).  It has been over 15 years since the first NVQ was issued and 5 years since the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) was launched in Jamaica and the region.  Since that time there have been many challenges in implementing the framework and the CVQs throughout the region.  
 This paper seeks to unearth the purpose of the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications Framework (CVQF), its historical development and passage throughout the region, using Jamaica as a case study. The key actors, challenges, conflicts and contradictions experienced and lessons learned in its implementation are discussed.  The paper concludes by offering possible solutions for the way forward in implementing CVQF in the region, particularly for small developing states of the Caribbean.

Mrs. Paulette Dunn-Smith