Established by an Act of Parliament in April 2010 to come into operation on 1 July 2011, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) is the primary educational organization which provides technical, vocational education and training (TVET) in the country. This training is for employment and entrepreneurship purposes in partnership with public and private sector stakeholders.
Through the Act, BTVI is a statutory entity with a governance structure which includes a Board of which the Chairman and Deputy Chairman are appointed by the Governor General. The President, who is also appointed by the Governor General, manages administrative operations and instructional programmes.
As a result of the 2010 Act, BTVI has been afforded greater autonomy over its financial and administrative affairs and has the authority to grant awards.
The semi-autonomous organization continues to provide first-rate technical education programs, brightening career prospects and adding value to the labour force. The institution exposes students to the innovative, rapidly evolving field of technical education. From Certificate to Diplomas, in addition to Associate of Applied Science degrees in New Providence and Grand Bahama, with a centre in Andros, BTVI has a myriad of offerings. Programs range from Media Technology, Electrical Installation, Information Technology and Electronics Engineering to Fashion Design, Cosmetology, Human Resources and Auto Mechanics, among many others. Furthermore, the institution offers world-wide recognized certifications, professional development courses (PDCs) and specialized training for organizations, which are a part of its continuing education training.
Overall, BTVI continues to churn out some of the best and brightest to enter the labour force, trained by experienced instructors, who teach relevant material, while giving way to students’ critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills in an environment where they are encouraged to discover their passion and pursue their dreams.
Mission: To provide learning opportunities that enable individuals to be globally competitive and economically independent.
Vision: BTVI will be known for its innovativeness, quality customer care and high standards in preparing adults throughout the archipelago for the world of work.