The Antigua and Barbuda Institute of Continuing Education (ABICE) was conceptualized through an initiative known as Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Project (STAVEP) which was supported by the European Union and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. It was founded in 2005 as a result of a unique combination of The Youth Skills Training Project (YSTP), located at Tomlinson’s, The Evening Institute, which was located at the National Technical Training Centre (NTTC), Nugent Avenue and The Golden Opportunity, once located at the T.N. Kirnon School.
ABICE is designed to meet the needs of a changing labour force. It enables citizenry to:
To get the necessary skills and competencies required for the world of work.
To increase the chance of upward mobility in the workplace.
To change career path or begin a business.
To obtain the prerequisites that would enable students to access programmes in other institutions.
To obtain training at an affordable rate and at convenient times.
To obtain certification after acquiring years of experience in an area of expertise.
ABICE caters for persons sixteen (16) years and older who for some reason or another was unable to finish high school or have completed and is desirous of pursing a skill trade and;
Public and Private Sector Employees and the General Public.
In September 2007, a new, modular, competency based curriculum was introduced, Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Level 1 in the following programmes:
Foundation in Building Construction. This comprises modules in Carpentry and Joinery, Masonry and Plumbing.
Foundation in Technology with modules in Electrical Installation and Automotive technology and;
Foundation in Cosmetology with modules in hair dressing, nail care and beauty therapy.
ABICE also offers
ABICE currently extends its programme to include Commerce/Business but will soon be offering skill based secretarial/business programmes.
ABICE has as part of its programme, a Job Training Exercise that is evaluated and graded at end of the training, as a final assessment for the school year. The purpose of this is to provide occupational experience of instructional value to our students. It is for a period of six weeks. The work activity is through the supervision of a supervisor.
To support the Caribbean Region in their growth for furthering education in Architectural, Interior Design and Construction;
Caribbean Design Award supports the Antigua & Barbuda Institute of Continuing Education.